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When should I use a flipchart?

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When is it okay to use a flipchart?

It’s old technology yet a flipchart can still be an effective presentation aid. Don’t shy away from it just because you think it’s old fashioned.

A flipchart works best in certain settings.

You can use a flipchart with a maximum of 30 participants. It depends on the room, but the key criterion is that everyone must be able to clearly see and read what’s on the chart.

This means that you must print neatly in a large hand. This could be a major challenge for some folks. There’s no point in writing something that people can’t easily read.

If you’re only sketching diagrams you might have a little more poetic license.

Flipcharts work well when you want to capture ideas from your audience. Asking for ideas from the audience and then writing them on the flipchart conveys the feeling of action and urgency.

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 to prepare for tough questions?

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Prepare to answer tough questions

If you speak in public you will be asked tough questions. You won’t always know when the tough question will hit you but you know that it eventually will – so you might as well be prepared to handle it.

It’s a mistake to hope that they won’t ask you a tough question, and it’s a bigger mistake to believe that you can wing it.

The best way to answer tough questions is to prepare.

Use these three types of preparation: 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

When should a speaker move?

When should a speaker move?

Some speakers claim that they have lots of energy so they like to move. Some speakers say that they are nervous and they feel better when they move around.

That could be the wrong reason to move when speaking. The important point is that when you move it should appear natural to your audience. 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

Are some people natural born speakers?

Are some people natural born speakers?

When people ask this question I believe what they are really suggesting is that they aren’t natural born speakers and therefore there is no hope for them.

People use the “natural born speaker” theory as an excuse to deliver bad presentations or not speak at all.

They are saying, “It’s not my fault, I’m just not a natural born public speaker.” 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

How do you know if your presentation was successful?

How do you know if your presentation was successful?

I’ve posed this question to many of the groups and classes that I’ve spoken to over the past decades as a presentation skills trainer.

The usual responses include these welcome actions from your audience:

• Applause
• Asking questions
• Taking notes
• Smiles
• Laughing at your jokes
• No one falling asleep

Those are encouraging responses from your audience but they might not indicate that your presentation was successful.

The most important question that you need to ponder before every presentation is this: “What do you want your audience to do?”

If after your presentation they are doing what you want them to do, then your presentation was successful.

Did you want them to laugh? Did you want them to vote for you? Did you want them to buy?

That’s the real test of a successful presentation.

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