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8 Things Keynote Speakers Do To Deliver A Killer Presentation

8 Things Keynote Speakers Do To Deliver A Killer Presentation

It is the day of the presentation, and you are well-prepared. You have spent hours doing research and putting the presentation together – but despite this, you are worried that something may go wrong.
Most people get nervous before delivering a presentation, but it doesn’t have to be this way. There are things that anyone can do to make sure their audience pays attention and remembers.

If you want to improve your presentation skills, check out 8 things that keynote speakers do to make sure they deliver a captivating presentation.

1. State your main points at the beginning, middle and end of your presentation

Repeatedly going back to your main points will help the audience to stay focused – and they are also more likely to remember the points later, too. Start by introducing the points that you want to make and then flesh them out in the middle of your presentation. Finish your presentation by reminding the audience about your points.

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2. Practice

If you know your presentation off by heart, you will feel in control and you will worry less about something going wrong. Read your full presentation out every day in the mirror so that you feel fully comfortable sharing it with other people.

3. Do a run-through on stage beforehand

Visit the venue before your presentation and ask if you can walk through the place where you will be presenting. This means that the setting will be familiar to you, so it will be easier for you to relax.

You can also decide where to walk on from and where to stand, so that you can clear your mind and focus fully on the presentation.

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4. Don’t use bullet points

Bullet points may be expected when it comes to presentations, but that doesn’t mean that they are the best option. Many people switch off when they seem bullet points, as they are not interested by them. Instead consider using an interesting image with a sentence to catch the interest of the audience.

5. Don’t speak until you have found your place

You may be tempted to speak as you walk onto the stage, but the audience may interpret this as nervousness. Instead walk onto stage slowly and don’t speak until you have found your place. This will make you seem confident and in control.

6. Speak slowly

Nervous people tend to talk quickly, as they want to finish the presentation quickly. Often they don’t even realize they are doing this, but the audience are always well aware.

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Focus on talking slowly and loudly – you may feel a little silly, but you will appear calm and confident and your audience will be captivated by each word.

7. Make eye contact

Often people are tempted to scan the whole room when they present, as they think it looks like they are looking at everyone. This actually isn’t the case; as you don’t directly look at any members of your audience, it can actually make it difficult for them to connect with you – and constantly moving eyes can be pretty distracting, too.

Try to look at members of the audience directly as you talk. When you finish a sentence, move on to another person. This method helps create a connection with the whole audience, as you are speaking to them, not at them.

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8. Prepare a closing story

Often towards the end of presentations, the audience starts to lose focus. Regain their attention with an interesting closing story that relates directly to your main points. This will subtly remind them of your main points without being too repetitive, and the story will make them more likely to remember you later.

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Amy Johnson

Amy is a writer who blogs about relationships and lifestyle advice.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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