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4 Ways to Make Your Presentation Brighter

4 Ways to Make Your Presentation Brighter

Despite the willingness of modern business to rely on the Internet, one still cannot ignore good old presentations delivered face-to-face. It doesn’t matter to whom you deliver them – to business colleagues, potential investors or people you need feedback from – a successful presentation makes all the difference in the world. And remember: a presentation is not simply a collection of slides with some captions. It is everything you do: voice, body language, choice of words, everything. Want to know more? Read the tips below.

1. Capture Their Attention First

Delivering a business presentation is akin to giving a speech – if you don’t capture the listeners’ attention from the get-go, you have already failed. That’s why it is important to establish your credibility in the very beginning, and do it concisely. No prolonged enumeration of your major career steps, no company’s history – just a short intro that will make them believe you are about to say something relevant. A great way to capture attention is to discuss work that went into the project, or a particular experience associated with it, for example.

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2. Deliver, Don’t Read

If you’ve been present at any number of business presentations, you probably know that sitting through a presentation reading from notes is one of the most boring experiences in business. If you read your entire presentation, you do not simply fail to engage your audience, you threaten to bore them to death. Therefore, bear in mind that you are going to deliver your presentation, not read it word-for word. You already have visual aids before you, so use them. Prepare some very basic notes that will help you remember crucial facts, but use them only in emergencies. Write down the speech and memorize it if you are no good at impromptu delivery – just don’t read it.

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3. Time Your Presentation Carefully

One of the most important aspects of a good presentation is timing: how many slides there are, for how long to show each slide and so on. Some experts will tell you a particular ratio, like one slide per minute; truth is, there is no optimal solution. Timing of a presentation depends on a thousand factors. How good of a speaker you are? If you can go on and on without having to rely on graphics and without losing the attention of your audience, you won’t need to change slides often. How complex are the ideas you are talking about? If it is a complicated technical matter, each slide may take several minutes to go through. How many different ideas are you tackling? Will all your slides demand equal time to explain or will there be several types of them? Consider all these matters carefully and make enough test runs to be absolutely sure.

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4. Use Correct Body Language

Not being confident enough can force you to rush through your presentation, failing to engage and, what’s more important, benefit your audience. In order to avoid it, you should practice not only the speech you are going to deliver, but body language as well. If you make the right gestures in the process, not only will you appear to be more confident, you will feel so as well. Keep your back straight, smile at your audience, look your audience in the eye and try to gesticulate the way you usually do, in non-theatrical manner. Use physical space you have and walk around – it will give your speech movement and let you feel less stiff and constrained. Too many people fixate on one audience member. Never forget to move your eyes around the room so everyone knows that you are presenting to them.

Delivering presentations is hard. Try using these tips and you will discover that by simply gaining control over some parts of your task you will feel more in control in general.

Featured photo credit: Presentation/katharineelizabethtaylor via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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