To win the hearts and minds of any audience, master the three V’s of presentation.
1. Visual skills — Looking good—the most important of the delivery skills.
- Eye contact — Learn the simple secret of instant credibility.
- Facial expression — Why you must smile more than you do.
- Gestures — What to do and what not to do with your hands.
- Appearance — The three rules of dress that promote credibility.
- Movement — Learn the one essential move that telegraphs confidence.
- Posture and staging — How and where to stand—there is only one place.
2. Voc al skills — Sounding good—the three dimensions of your voice.
- Dimension 1. Volume — You r most important vocal quality—and most people abuse it.
- Dimension 2. Rate and pausing — People who tell you to slow down are wrong.
- Dimension 3. Pitch — How to get the “music” into your voice.
- Diction, ums and uhs — Speak clearly. And rid yourself of these once and for all.
3. Verbal skills — Making sense. Follow the IMPACT process and format:
- Introduction — Provide instant interest and context for your message.
- Main point — Frame your message in two sentences: (1) a big idea and (2) a call to action.
- Points — Support your main point with support points—an agenda, credenda, or procedure.
- Analysis — Support, expand, and explain your points with details.
- Conclusion — Repeat your big idea and expand upon your call to action at the end.
- Tag line — After a Q&A session, come back with power. Designing visuals — Design effective slides.