Business Presentations and the Iranian Presidency

If you want to learn how to do the best business presentations then be sure not to take advice from the President of Iran. You see the President of Iran is trying to convince the IAEA that he wants to use nuclear power and tells the world and the people he will; Blow Israel off the Map. Interesting and ironic statements full of hypocrisy indeed; be careful not to do this in business presentations. So often when giving sales presentations the presenters will over embellish a problem and claim to solve it, yet their product, software or consulting services will only solve part of the problem and create a worsened one.

The President of Iran is sponsoring International Terrorism and says he only wants to build nuclear weapons, missile warheads and atomic bombs to defend his nation? But no one is at war with Iran and Iran has oil to sell the world, why does it need to defend itself or start World War III? If you go into a company with a presentation and tell them you can solve all their problems and will work closely with their staff to modify your services, software or products to their specifications great. But then if you tell the Corporations Board of Directors that you are qualified to do this because you also work with all their competition then you are telling them that you will learn everything you can from them and take all that knowledge to their enemy?

When giving a business presentation to a company consider what you are saying. You may think you are giving them reasons to buy into your sales routine, presentation or negotiations, yet at the same time you might be telling them that you are going to help their competition to their secrets and start a huge war in the market place, by giving information to the enemy. Consider all this in 2006.

Presentation Strengtheners – Develop Unique “Signature Stories”

There are still presenters who, when introduced and take the platform, will start their presentation by telling a joke or a story that bears no relationship to their topic. In this article I want to share ways for presenters to develop strong and effective “Signature Stories” that will succeed in getting the audience’s attention.

Personal “Signature Stories” about Other People’s Experiences

  • These can be motivating stories about an historical person — please, not Thomas Edison! Do your factual research about the character, the times in which he or she lived — what they wore, what they ate, and other details you won’t use, but need to know yourself. Then craft a story that has meaning and pizzazz.
  • These can also be stories about someone you know or have known — be sure, if they are still living that you have permission, even if you give them a different name. This type of story — because it isn’t about you — can tell of accomplishments and triumphs. Just remember that you never want to tell a story that you wouldn’t feel comfortable telling if the person it is about is a member of the audience.

Original, Traditional Stories with a Twist, or Fairy/Folk Tales

  • I fear that many presenters feel that “Signature Stories” must have been something that actually happened. Not necessarily true! I have a cockroach story that is based on the “Pied Piper of Hamlin” that I have told for years. I have also heard excellent presentations based on Aesop’s Fables — they offer a plethora of plots and morals, of course.
  • If you love stories and go both ways — as I do as a speaker and storyteller — use the fairy or folk tales that mean something important to you. It will add such a good change of pace to your presentation, your listeners will sit up and take notice. And, love you for it too!

Ingredients to Use When Developing Your “Signature Story”

  • I would be remiss at this stage not to mention some of the ingredients that help you develop, prepare, and tell an effective, compelling story. A good story has a beginning, middle, and end. It must include conflict or crises, and a climax or resolution. It is not merely a descriptive anecdote. It must have plot.
  • Make your stories short, punchy, and meaningful. Include pauses, drama, suspense, and not too many details. Think in images and create those pictures for your listeners.
  • Finally, have fun creating your stories. And, practice, practice, practice them on friends, family and even strangers!

I guarantee that the next time you present, you will WOW your audience with your “Signature Story.”

Public Speaking Tip – How to Make the Best Use of Your Body Language During a Presentation

Public speaking is a topic many people don’t like to talk about. They feel uncomfortable to speak about it but also the act itself makes many people feel anxious.

It then comes as no surprise that public speaking is the number one fear in the U.S. Closely followed by death.

But what can you do to deliver a better presentation? How can you use your body language to appear more comfortable?

I hope to answer these questions in the following article.

Posture
Your posture is extremely important when speaking in public. You should appear to be confident and even if you aren’t confident at all then simply fake it, after a while it will feel natural.

The first step to a better posture is to stand straight up. Put your feet shoulder-wide apart. That will make you appear more confident since it’s harder to fall over for you.

Shoulders
Depending on where your shoulders are it can make you look very insecure or on the other hand very confident. So what is the best way to use your shoulders to great effect?

Naturally it’s what your dad probably told you when you were little. You should put your chest out and pull your shoulders back. This is the natural posture of an alpha male.

Head
How should you use your head? Generally it’s easy to say that you should behave like people who are comfortable speaking in public. That means that you should look straight, not down or up. Don’t look too long at a certain person or you will be seen as cold or mean. On the other hand don’t look at your audience just for a second, that’s the behaviour of an insecure person. Simply look at your audience from time to time while you speak.

Public speaking is important and there is nothing more important than learning from someone who has the experience and skills necessary to deliver a dazzling presentation.