On Saturdays, we survey the best public speaking articles from throughout the public speaking blogosphere.
This review features topics including:
- revealing personal information in speeches;
- the value of mnemonics;
- when to address opposing arguments;
- PowerPoint 2010 preview; and
- handing difficult Q&A.
- Jim Anderson cautions us on revealing irrelevant personal information.
Sharing personal information just because it makes a great story […] is a bad idea. You need to make sure that the story ties in with what your speech is all about. If it doesn’t, then skip it.
- Vivek Singh discusses the value of mnemonics for trainers.
Whenever you give a presentation where you want the audience to memorize a tricky list of things or a very important concept, help them with a Mnemonic. You can also make the audience think of a Mnemonic on the spot. I have done that many a times. This will not only ensure they understand what you present but also remember it for a long time to come.
- Richard Garber advises sharing bad news early.
[This advice is given in the context of a debate, but I think it applies in standalone presentations as well — acknowledge weaknesses in your argument early and counter them.]
You know there is a weakness in your case – negative information that would damage your position. Should you:
- Make sure to bring it up before your opponent does.
- Ignore it and hope that he or she does not bring it up.
- Jan Schultink previews PowerPoint 2010, including his feature wishlist.
[I gave my PowerPoint design wishlist in an earlier post.]
- More “cinematic” transitions
- Animation painter
- Better video integration
- Backstage view
- Denise Graveline suggests techniques to handle difficult Q&A.
- Create a bridge between the question and the answer.
- Remind the audience of your focus today.
- Beware of argumentative questions…and deflect them.
- Acknowledge the persistence of the persistent questioner.
- Breathe, smile and stay calm.