Partners in Performance Blog

Keith Urban’s Coaching Tip on Presentation Nerves

Presentation nervesLast week on American Idol one of the contestants made a funny grimace each time she thought she messed up. Afterwards during the critique, judge Keith Urban told her “there are no wrong notes…just the look on your face.” In other words, if she had carried on no one would have noticed the mistake. Or it would have been so minimal that it wouldn’t register as much as it did when her facial expression revealed what was going on inside her head. It’s … Read More

How To Prepare YOURSELF for Presentations: 5 Simple Steps to Stay Calm and Focused

calm-1 How do you prepare YOURSELF for presentations? In my last post, I offered three simple preparation steps to be on target for your next presentation. But all the preparation in the world won’t get successful results if you’re nervous or appear to be. It’s important to know how to prepare YOURSELF for your presentations.

I once worked with a woman who said she gets nervous because she knows everyone is looking at her. My advice to … Read More

How to Prepare Your Presentation: 3 Simple Steps to Nail It

How to Prepare Your PresentationsHow do you prepare for presentations? If you’re like most busy professionals when asked to give a presentation in an hour, or the next day, you probably first reach for a recent slide deck on the topic you’ll be speaking about. You rearrange the slides, create a couple more and you’re done! Right? Wrong.

I have a much better idea for you and it starts with your audience not your slides.

Research shows that … Read More

Persuasive Presentations: 6 Tips to Be Concise

Do you suffer from rambling in public speaking? If not, I am sure you’ve experienced the pain of a presentation that goes on and on… and on! If you want to give a persuasive presentation be concise.

Unfortunately, even if there are important nuggets to be heard, they’re lost on the audience. Instead of listening to the key points, the audience disengages and begins self-talk: “When is this guy going to quit?!” or, “Get to the point already!”

Rambling is one of the biggest killers of persuasive presentations. By the … Read More

Sales Presentations Coming? Use Your Voice to Hold Attention

Power of PauseWhat do you do to prepare for your business or sales presentations? Are you like so many people who work hard on preparing the content and slides for their presentation but pay little attention to how they will deliver their message?

It’s one thing knowing WHAT you want to say but it’s entirely different knowing HOW to communicate your message so that you’re compelling and persuasive during sales presentations. Your content can be filled with great information but if your delivery is weak or distracting, it’s hard to really hear … Read More

Presentation Structure: Three Buckets for Your Key Points

Presentation Key Point StructureIn my recent post about presentation structure, I highlighted the importance of the ‘rule of three’. In speaking, writing and all forms of communication the ‘rule of three’ states that concepts presented in three’s provide much needed clarity and are more memorable.

Three’s are pervasive in everyday life:

1) Children’s stories: the three bears, three little pigs, the Three Musketeers

2) Sporting three’s: three strikes in baseball, three Olympic medals, three hockey innings

3) Chronological three’s: before, during, after; past, present, … Read More

Presentation Structure: The Rule of Three

Do you struggle with how to organize all the details and points of your presentation? If so, you’ll feel overwhelmed and confused when you deliver your presentation. And if you come across as confused, don’t expect your audience to make a decision and act based on your presentation..

If you want to be clear, concise and compelling, start with presentation structure. Knowing how to organize your information in the right … Read More

Presentation Nerves: Avoid The Apology Mistake

In a recent UPFRONT Persuasion workshop, we were exploring how to overcome presentation nerves. One of the participants mentioned that her worst fear was going blank. It’s not fun when you’re staring out at your audience for what feels like an eternity and you have no idea where you are in your presentation or what you’re supposed to say next.

A fellow participant had been a competitive singer in her younger days and she commented on how points were lost when the … Read More