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Tips for Delivering that Presentation Confidentally

 

Since I’m constantly being asked for tips on how to confidently deliver a presentation, here are a few that should apply whether you have to do a short talk in front of to 10 strangers or you’re hoping to become a professional motivational speaker.

First of all, the better prepared you are, the more you rehearse, the more confident you will be. Then:

  1. Focus on the audience; never focus on yourself. It’s all about what you, your words and your message can do for them. And it’s difficult to be nervous when you’re focused on someone else.
  2. Keep it conversational, as if you’re talking to a single person. No one gets nervous when talking to a single person.
  3. NEVER simply read the text. If necessary, speak from notes, but use as few notes as possible.
  4. Avoid standing behind the lectern if you can. But if you do have to deliver an unfamiliar speech from a lectern, pause as you glance down at your notes then look up and deliver the line, making eye contact with an audience member. Hold each person’s gaze for an entire thought then move on to continue carrying on the conversation with another individual.
  5. Use a story, example or anecdote to back up each major point. We all love stories.

And don’t worry about a little bit of nervousness. Use that nervousness to make your presentation more lively.  As a professional speaker, I get worried if I’m not a little nervous. I’ll actually try to make myself a little tense to get my energy level up.

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If You Want Your Expensive Motivational Meeting to Actually Be Motivating . . .

When “nothing seems to motivate our people” maybe that’s because you’re trying to motivate them with nothing real.

When it comes to motivational meetings, I’ve built my business on one, often neglected element; one that’s far more vital than the stirring music, the dramatic lighting and stage sets, the dancing Monopoly figures, the show tunes with funny, customized lyrics. It’s even more important than dressing up the CEO and the VP Sales as the Blues Brothers, so they can conclusively proving to everyone just how un-hip and out of touch they actually are.

And that element?

Whoever is tasked with providing the main motivational content, be it an outside motivational speaker or the COO in that poorly fitting Game of Thrones costume, he or she had better be able to be able to motivate your team while dealing with whatever real world issues they’re currently facing. Ignore the problems which are in everyone’s mind, throw out a steaming pile of “let’s-all-think-happy-thoughts-and-everything-will-be-wonderful” and all the teambuilding exercises and golf tournaments in Las Vegas won’t help you overcome the cynicism you’ve just blown your meeting budget solidifying.

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Listen and Learn


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Barry Maher’s

Filling the Glass Newsletter
Speaking of Real World Tactics,
Reality-Based Motivation

February, 2015    Vol. 15  Issue 1

 

In this Issue:

 Article: You Can Be Fascinating Without Saying a Word
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Hi Everyone:

Who wouldn’t love to be fascinating? Apparently, it’s far easier than most of us imagine. Thus this month’s article.

And as always, I’d like to invite you to connect with me at:

All the Best,

Barry

 

You Can Be Fascinating without Saying a Word

by Barry Maher

 

I always tell audiences that listening not only can make other people more interesting to you, it can make you more interesting to others. I was doing the keynote speech at a convention a while back, and afterwards, each of the speakers hosted a table at their awards dinner. The woman sitting on my right never stopped talking. Not for a moment. Not even to take a breath. I never got a word in edgewise and never even got to acknowledge the person seated on my left. (The ghost of Osama Ben Laden would have been sitting there naked for all I knew.)

Ten or twelve hours later when the meal finally ended, I crawled up to my hotel room. No sooner did I get there than I decided what I really needed was a visit to the bar for a drink or six.

I went to elevator, pushed the button, the elevator arrived and the doors opened. And who is standing there but the woman, talking (of course) to a companion.

“Oh, hello” she cries, refocusing the flow of words in my direction as she and her friend step off the elevator.

The horror!

Acknowledging her quickly, I jump on the elevator and as the doors start to close, I hear her say to her friend, “You know I had dinner with him tonight and he is most fascinating conversationalist.”

I’d never opened my mouth, the entire dinner.

Nothing makes you more interesting than listening.

 

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December, 2014    Vol. 14  Issue 12

 

In this Issue:

 Article: Networking Events Don’t Have to Be Awful. Really, They Don’t.
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Hi Everyone:

Welcome to our new website, almost a year in the making.  This month’s article is about dealing with networking events, something I’m asked about frequently, something that many people find intimidating. So we’re offering a few simple tips that seem to work surprisingly well.

And as always, I’d like to invite you to connect with me at:

All the Best,

Barry

 

Networking Events Don’t Have to Be Awful. Really, They Don’t.

by Barry Maher

 

“I keep hearing that I should be attending more networking events to help build my business,” a middle-aged businessman said to me after a presentation the other day.

“And that doesn’t fill you with delight?” I guessed.

He shrugged. “The problem is that I run a plumbing business. I’m not a salesperson. I’m not a politician who knows how to work a room. I absolutely hate networking. Hate it. To me, it’s almost degrading. I feel like I’m begging perfect strangers to help me get business. I know it works for some people, but to me it’s a lot more distasteful than anything I ever had to deal with as a plumber. And that’s saying something, believe me. Is there any way I can get more comfortable with this kind of thing?”

“Maybe,” I said. “The best way I know to get comfortable is to work on making the other person comfortable.”
When I’m at a networking event myself, I’ll usually start out by approaching the most uncomfortable looking person available. I introduce myself, and often I ask, “Do you find these things as awkward as I do?”

That’s a great question because it takes the pressure off them and off you as well. Since they’re probably as shy as you are, it also shows confidence that you could even make that admission.

Networking gets a lot easier once you realize that it’s not about you, it’s about the person you’re talking to. The secret of effective networking is that it’s all about asking questions and learning about those you’re trying to connect with.

Most people:

1)      Talk too much;

2)      Listen too little;

3)      Ask for the other person’s help much too soon.

Again, networking is not about you, It’s about finding out about the other person, perhaps even uncovering what you can do for them. In other words, it’s about building some sort of relationship—even if it’s a quick and very short-term relationship—before trying to find out what they might be able to do you. Without that relationship, you’re not networking, you’re cold calling, and there’s no more reason for that person to help you than any other stranger they might come across on the street.

This is just one more case where if you concentrate on the what’s-in-it-for-them the what’s-in-it-for you will usually take care of itself.

Usually. Not always. But usually is usually enough.

 

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glass_button Slicing through the Noise: Powerful Communication for Leadership and Professional Success
glass_button Selling Value, Not Price
glass_button Selling Yourself, Your Ideas, Your Vision, Even Your Product and Services
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Want That Promotion? Seven Great Ways To Get It

 

Hi Everyone:

You want that promotion. You need that promotion. You deserve that promotion.

But do you get that promotion? The tips in this month’s piece could make all the difference.

Check it out now.

And once again, I’d like to invite you to connect with me at:

All the Best,

Barry

 

© Copyright 2014 Barry Maher, Barry Maher & Associates, Las Vegas, Nevada; Los Angeles, California.

 

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Why Should I Keep Trying So Hard: Staying Motivated in Business

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 Article: Why Should I Keep Trying So Hard: Staying Motivated in Business
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Hi Everyone:

One of the most common questions I get from people in virtually every imaginable field is, “How can I stay motivated in my work?”

This month’s article offers 46 different tips for doing just that. And if you’re not currently motivated to read all 46, try reading just one or two a day.

Click here to read it now.

And once again, I’d like to invite you to connect with me at:

All the Best,

Barry

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Overcoming Pre-Interview Jitters

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Big events in our lives tend to create big reactions in our bodies. The tips and strategies in this article on overcoming pre-interview nervousness can help in any number of different sweat-inducing situations.

Click here to read it now.

And once again, I’d like to invite you to connect with me at:

All the Best,

Barry

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How to Get on Your Boss’s Good Side (Without Brown Nosing)

 

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 Article: How to Get on Your Boss’s Good Side (Without Brown Nosing)
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Hi Everyone:

Nobody likes a kiss-up, yet everyone wants to succeed. And that usually means being in your boss’s good graces.

How to Get on Your Boss’s Good Side (Without Brown Nosing) might be the perfect title for an article on a skill everyone with a boss needs to master. Click here to read it now.

And once again, I’d like to invite you to connect with me at:

All the Best,

Barry

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Maintaining Balance

 

Hi Everyone:

Happy holidays to each and every one of you.

With all the festivities, this is also the time of year when we get the most requests for tips on keeping our work lives from spinning out of balance, particularly from people who, like me, do all or part of their work at home. Not that I can really claim any expertise on balance. I love what I do but I probably do have a tendency to spend too much time doing it. Maybe that’s why I found a number of the ideas in the following article truly worthwhile:

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The tip from me may seem familiar to regular readers, but it’s worth repeating. (It’s also worth reminding myself to do it.)

As always, I’m at @barrymaher for those of you who are interested in following my occasional—very occasional—tweets.

All the Best,

Barry

 

© Copyright 2013 Barry Maher, Barry Maher & Associates, Las Vegas, Nevada

 

 

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Acing the First 90 Days on the Job

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 Article: “Acing the First 90 Days on the Job”
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Hi Everyone:

The good news is that I’m hearing from more and more people who are starting a new job. Some have been unemployed, in many cases for frighteningly long periods of time. Others simply became comfortable enough with the economy to put out feelers, and got themselves an offer too good to refuse.

Taking on a new job can be exciting but it can also be extraordinarily stressful. Here are a few tips that might help: Nine Steps to Acing the First 90 Days of a New Job.

And as I’ve said before, I’m at @barrymaher for those of you who are interested in following my VERY occasional tweets.

All the Best,

Barry

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