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Powerful Presentations Jeff Stafford Consultant OHR/OE [email protected] According to the Book of Lists, the Number 1 fear people have is … Public Speaking. The Bad News:

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Powerful presentations jeff stafford consultant ohr oe staff086@umn edu

Powerful Presentations

Jeff Stafford

Consultant OHR/OE

[email protected]

  • The Bad News: have is …

    "The ability to clearly communicate ideas to clients and colleagues is a rare skill, yet one that often makes the difference in whether or not a great concept succeeds."  

    - William Hewlett, co-founder Hewlett-Packard

  • The Good News:

    "Great speakers are not born, they’re trained."

    - Dale Carnegie (1921)

Role models
Role Models have is …

When you think of a really great presenter or speaker, who comes to mind?

Identify the characteristics they possess that make them a great speaker.

Coping with speech anxiety
Coping with Speech Anxiety have is …

  • Know your audience and setting

  • Prepare your materials

  • Focus on your audience, not yourself

  • Re-label your symptoms positively

  • Avoid rigid rules

How to structure a persuasive speech
How to Structure a Persuasive Speech have is …

  • Describe a situation

  • Give the listeners a problem

  • Offer a solution and suggest an action

Other possible structures
Other Possible Structures have is …

  • Present a decision to be made

  • Deliver bad news

  • Impart information

Sure fire strategies to fail
Sure Fire Strategies to Fail have is …

  • Read from your script

  • Hide at the back of the room, or behind the podium

  • Ignore time constraints

  • Go off on tangents

Resources have is …


  • Presentation Skills courses offered through HR/Organizational Effectiveness http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/profdev/index.html

  • Speaking Excellence website http://speakingexcellence.com/

  • Delivery Tips http://www.garrreynolds.com/Presentation/index.html

    Books & Articles:

  • Ayers, J. Coping with Speech Anxiety: The Power of Positive Thinking. Communication Education, 37, 289-296.

  • Kushner, M. Successful Presentations for Dummies. IDG Books Worldwide, 1995.

  • Mahin, L. PowerPoint Pedagogy. Focus on Teaching, June 2004.