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How long should it take to prepare a presentation?

How long should it take to prepare a presentation?

It depends on how new the information is to you, who you are presenting to and the importance of the presentation.

The rule of thumb is three hours of preparation for every hour of presentation.

But that is only a rule of thumb. If you are an effective presenter, Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

How do I capture the attention of the audience?

How do I capture the attention of the audience?

Here are three ways to capture the attention of your audience during your next presentation.

1. Be relevant
Speak to the interests of the group. Point out why this is important to them. Answer the question in the mind of your audience, “What’s in it for me?” Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

What are the three parts to a good presentation?

What are the three parts to a good presentation?

An effective presentation has three distinct parts. They are: the Opening, the Body and the Close.

Many speakers ignore the opening and the close. They simply stumble into the body and ignore the close.

Even though the opening and the close might only comprise 5 to 10 % of the total presentation time they can be at least and sometimes more important than the body of your presentation. Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

What’s the first question a speaker should ask while preparing?

What’s the first question a speaker should ask while preparing?

Good preparation for a presentation starts with asking good questions, especially of yourself.

The first question you need to ask yourself is, “Why are you speaking?”

You need to answer this question before you create your presentation so you deliver the right message. If you don’t know why you are speaking – don’t speak – because you will fail. Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

In a job interview how should I respond to the question, “Tell me about yourself”?

In a job interview how should I respond to the question, “Tell me about yourself”?

There’s no question that a job interview is one of your most important public speaking moments. Your career and financial position are riding on the outcome. This is usually a stressful meeting because of the pressures on you to perform and the drastically different possible outcomes.

Many people have told me that they hate this question. I don’t blame them. When I went through the hiring process I felt this was a dumb question. I’ve since realized what a gift this question is for the job candidate. Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

Should you restart your presentation for the latecomers?

Should you restart your presentation for the latecomers?

It happens often. The meeting was scheduled for 9:00am. The meeting chair even waited until a few minutes after 9 to start the meeting. Then it was your turn to deliver your presentation. Several minutes after you started speaking more people wandered in and took their seats.

You are now faced with a dilemma. Should you quickly repeat or summarize what you’ve said for the late arrivals? Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

How should I dress when I deliver a presentation?

How should I dress when I deliver a presentation?

You should dress for the audience. Dress for the role that you are playing as the presenter. You don’t want the audience to notice or fixate on what you are wearing. Your clothing and jewelry should simply accent your appearance. It shouldn’t detract from your message.

For example, if you are speaking as an accountant, you should look like an accountant. Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

What’s the best way to look more confident when speaking?

What’s the best way to look more confident when speaking?

Smile.

A person who smiles at you looks confident and friendlier.

If you want to look more confident to your audience – smile more often while speaking.

You don’t need to grin like a Cheshire cat. Simply show a warm smile. You might smile before you start speaking, when you say something important and when you finish. Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

How can the speaker quickly establish rapport with the audience?

Establish Rapport……..

Rapport is about connecting with your audience. If you connect with your audience they are more likely to listen to you, like you and believe you. If you want those results then you need to establish rapport with your audience.

The fastest and easiest way to connect with anyone anywhere is to find something in common. Demonstrate how you are like your audience and they will more readily accept your ideas. Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

Why are public speaking skills important?

Why are public speaking skills important?

Are public speaking skills important? Yes. The real question should be “Why are effective public speaking skills important?

Everybody has public speaking skills. Some are better than others. The primary goal is for your public speaking skills to be better than your competition, whoever and whatever that is. The secondary goal is for your presentations to get better every time you speak. Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com