PQF #5 – Gifts, no matter how trivial

Underlying Problem – You are running an in-company product briefing. You want some interaction to engage the audience. You plan to do it by asking a few questions. However, one after another, the response is lukewarm – most audience just keep their heads down as you post the questions. The above situation is especially common ...

PQF #4 – Blocking the projector 3

PQF #4 – Blocking the projector
The Presentation Quick Fix this time is ‘block the screen whenever you speak for a considerable period of time’. And here is why and how. The visual aid e.g. flipchart, PPT, projector does not always ‘aid’ our presentation if we do not use it properly. This is especially true on projector. Nowadays, projectors produce very ...

PQF #3 – ‘Arrive Early’

There is no magic. I can guarantee you that your presentation performance will improve simply arriving early at the scene. My experience tells me that at least some 30% of the difficulties encountered by people in the presentation can be avoided by having enough time to prepare on site. Let me just name a few ...

PQF #2 – ‘Ask an “answerable” question at the start’ – Continued 2

To illustrate my previous post of the same topic, here is a real example which one presenter used in the Toastmaster lunch session this week. She said, ‘Let me start by asking 3 questions. First, please raise your hand if you come here today to improve your public speaking skills.’ (Lot of hands raised… and ...

PQF #2 – ‘Ask an “answerable” question at the start’

Underlying Problem – Presentation to a lot of people in organisations that I have worked is equal to ‘I tell you something’. They would maintain an one-way traffic all the way till the end (or the ‘Q&A session’). They miss the need to involve the audience. As I discussed here before, interaction is important to ...

PQF #1 – ‘Blank the screen for the 1st 1 minute’ 1

Underlying Problem – Most presenters (at least those in our organisation) allow the white screen to take the stage rather themselves. They stand (or even sit) on the side, look at the screen themselves whilst talking, and some even read directly from the slides. There is lack of eye contact, and under-utilization of his / ...

Presentation Quick Fix 2

Presentation skills class is my favourite class among all. Since there are only a few participants and the outcome is more observable by nature, I can feel my impact better. (Or know my failure more easily…..!!) In addition, I like it as somehow it makes me think a lot about behavioral change. For example, it ...