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Boring to Bravo : Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve & Inspire Your Audience to Action - Kristin Arnold

Boring to Bravo

Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve & Inspire Your Audience to Action

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2010
ISBN: 9781608320363
Number Of Pages: 260

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This book shows experienced presenters how to transform boring monologues into scintillating dialogues by employing simple yet powerful presentation techniques. It features 90-plus practical techniques for engaging and interacting with an audience. Drawing from her extensive experience as a nationally recognised speaker, the author gives readers tips that apply to any presenter. Readers will be amazed at their ability to attract, involve, and inspire by incorporating just a few of the author's suggestions. It offers a proven methodology for upgrading any presentation. By taking a collaborative approach to the communication process, the author shows the reader how to care, connect, and converse with the members of any audience. Incoming NSA president with strong promotional platform: as the incoming president of the National Speakers Association, the author will promote the book on a nation-wide tour. An experienced team facilitator and military veteran, the author has a large platform of clients, including the Coast Guard, NASA, and the IRS.

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Have an Engaging Mind-setp. 11
It's About Them, Not About You
Be Passionate
Be Yourself
Have a Conversation
Collaborate with Them
Prepare for Inevitable Resistance
Set an Interactive Tonep. 23
Reach Out and Connect with Your Audience
Grab 'Em with a Lively Title
Build on the Meeting Theme
Make the Room More Engaging
Prepare Your Handouts, Workbooks, or Takeways
Pack Everything You Need
Observe and Mingle
Engage as They Enter
Start Smartly
You are the Number One Visualp. 43
Connect with Your Eyes
Smiles and other Facial Expressions
Spice it Up with Vocal Variety
Use Inviting Gestures
Move with a Purpose
Dress the Part
Engage with Enhancing Visualsp. 57
Some General Principles
Use Props
Reward Your Audience
Be Spontaneous with an Easel Chart
Use PowerPoint with Purposep. 65
Use a Splash Page, Icons, and Hyperlinks
Insert Digital Pictures
Insert Cartoons, Symbols, and Drawings
Use Display Charts
Insert Video Snippets
Use Color Appropriately
Coutdown Timers
Make Sure Your Slides are Easy on the Eyes
Ask Engaging Questionsp. 81
Ask an Open-Ended Question
Ask a Situational Question
Ask a Provocative Question
Ask a Rhetorical Question
Take a Poll
Using Technology
Ask a Series of "Enrolling" Questions
Encourage Answers from the Audience
Interview a Participant
Wrong Answers and Other Maladies
Q&Ap. 99
Take Questions as You Go
Stop Periodically
Create Small Groups
Starting Your Q&A Session
Collect Questions
Respond to a Question
Answer the Question
Finish with a Strong Closing
Let Your Natural Humor Shine Throughp. 111
A Word About Finding Your Humor Comfort Zone
Making Humor Work for You
Finding the Common Ground
Keep Your Humor Eyes Open
Other Sources of Humor
The Pure Humor of Spontaneous Interaction
What About Jokes?
Choose Descriptive Wordsp. 125
Anchor Your Main Idea
Repetition, Restatement, and the Rule of Three
Use Strong Words
Choose Vivid Words
Arrange Words Rythmically to Resonate with Your Audience
The Power of the Pause
Lists, Headlines, and Highlights
Use Words that Sell
Keep it Simple
Tell Interesting Storiesp. 139
Definitions, Quotations, and Testimonials
Examples, Illustrations, and Case Studies
Comparisons, Analogies, and Allusions
Facts and Statistics
Personal and Signature Stories
Borrowed Stories
Invite Them into Your Story
Autoresponders
Involve the Audiencep. 157
Task Individuals
Write it Down
Games, Puzzles, and Competitions
Demonstrations
Skits and Role-Plays
Dyads, Triads, Quads, and Morep. 171
Set up the Activity
Reflect
Separate into Smaller Groups
Give Instructions
Engage
Debrief
Adapting to Large Audiences
When Presenting Becomes Facilitatingp. 185
The Facilitator
Develop a Process Agenda
GODA Process Flow
Make Your Message Stickp. 203
Review and Revisit
Create a Storng, Compelling Call to Action
Create Accountability
End with the Audience in Mind
Extend the Conversation
Infuse Your Presentationp. 213
How to Infuse Your Presentations
Do your Homework About the Audience
Lay Out Your Presentation in Bits
Identify Your Objective(s) for Each Bit
Note the Current Techniques
Lay out the Energy Curves
Brainstorm Different Techniques
Select the Most Appropriate Technique
Do a Dry Run
Improve Your Presentation Skillsp. 227
Critique Yourself
Self-Assesment Form
Collect Audience Feedback
Audio/Video Critique
Keep Learning
Conclusionp. 239
Glossary and Index of Termsp. 241
Recommended Resourcesp. 253
Acknowledgmentsp. 257
About the Authorp. 259
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ISBN: 9781608320363
ISBN-10: 1608320367
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 1st August 2010
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Llc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.5 x 23.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52