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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]

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The Bad News:

"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

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
  • 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
  • Describe a situation
  • Give the listeners a problem
  • Offer a solution and suggest an action
other possible structures
Other Possible Structures
  • Present a decision to be made
  • Deliver bad news
  • Impart information
sure fire strategies to fail
Sure Fire Strategies to Fail
  • Read from your script
  • Hide at the back of the room, or behind the podium
  • Ignore time constraints
  • Go off on tangents
resources
Resources

Websites:

  • 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.
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