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Presentation Hack: Use Your Audience

Presentation Hack: Use Your Audience

This would work best with smaller presentation audiences, say a room of 100 or fewer.

  • Instead of PowerPoint, bring your slides as color copies (maybe mount them to card stock to keep them from being floppy; if you’re REALLY going to re-use the presentation, laminate the pages).
  • Label the backs of each slide with a big number. 1 through however many you have.
  • Before the presentation, hand out your slides, one to a person, to various places in the audience, the more diverse the better.
  • Present from the middle of the group and not on the podium (like I said, this hack works best in a small room).
  • Instead of clicking a mouse or pounding the space bar, just call out, “One.” The person holding “slide” 1 should hold it up at this point, show it around.
  • Present your topic as normal, only with people helping you move the imagery along.

Variations on this theme could be:

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  • If you’re an educator, have your students create each slide per the theme you give them. (Slide four will be about Freedom. What image would you use to show freedom?)
  • If you’ve got a small group, consider a “walking” field presentation instead of using the conference room. Walk through the plant, or give the presentation out front on the sidewalk. Break out of the building.
  • Depending on the information being provided, make up the slides right there in the room. Get some folks up to the whiteboard and ask them to draw whatever comes to mind related to the title of the “slide.”

Corny? Maybe, but it might prove more memorable than your average “stand at the front and drone over slides” routine. Why NOT try something new? You’ve chosen to come to work, but you haven’t necessarily signed off on your creativity and your personality. Try something new from time to time. You’ll strike out on occasion, but you’ll also create some interesting memories in what might be an otherwise drab environment.

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–Chris Brogan presents often at [chrisbrogan.com]

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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