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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 June 26, 2020

10 Things To Remember When Everything Goes Wrong

10 Things To Remember When Everything Goes Wrong

Problems and heartaches in life are inevitable. However, there are some things to remember when you’re right in the thick of it that can help you get through it. When everything seems to be going wrong, practice telling yourself these things.

1. This Too Shall Pass

Sometimes life’s rough patches feel like they’re going to last forever. Whether you’re dealing with work-related issues, family problems, or stressful situations, very few problems last for a lifetime. So remind yourself, that things won’t be this bad forever.

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2. Some Things are Going Right

When things are going wrong, it’s hard to recognize what is going right. It’s easy to screen out the good things and only focus on the bad things. Remind yourself that some things are going right. Purposely look for the positive, even if it is something very small.

3. I Have Some Control

One of the most most important things to remember is that you have some control of the situation. Even if you aren’t in complete control of the situation, one thing you can always control is your attitude and reaction. Focus on managing what is within your control.

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4. I Can Ask for Help

Asking for help can be hard sometimes. However, it’s one of the best ways to deal with tough situations. Tell people what you need specifically if they offer to help. Don’t be afraid to call on friends and family and ask them for help, whether you need financial assistance, emotional support, or practical help.

5. Much of This Won’t Matter in a Few Years

Most of the problems we worry about today won’t actually matter five years from now. Remind yourself that whatever is going wrong now is only a small percentage of your actual life. Even if you’re dealing with a major problem, like a loved one’s illness, remember that a lot of good things are likely to happen in the course of a year or two as well.

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6. I Can Handle This

A lack of confidence in handling tough times can add to stress. One of the best things to remember is that you can handle tough situations. Even though you might feel angry, hurt, disappointed, or sad, it won’t kill you. You can get through it.

7. Something Good Will Come Out of This

No matter how bad a situation is, it’s almost certain that something good will come out of it. At the very least, it’s likely that you will learn a life lesson. Perhaps you learn not to repeat the same mistake in the future or maybe you move on from a bad situation and find something better. Look for the one good thing that can result when bad things happen.

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8. I Can Accept What’s Out of my Control

There are many things that aren’t within your control. You can’t change the past, another person’s behavior, or a loved one’s health issues. Don’t waste time trying to force others to change or trying to make things be different if it isn’t within your control. Investing time and energy into trying to things you can’t will cause you to feel helpless and exhausted. Acceptance is one of the best way to establish resilience.

9. I Have Overcome Past Difficulties

One of the things to remember when you’re facing difficulties, is that you’ve handled problems in the past. Don’t overlook past difficulties that you’ve dealt with successfully. Remind yourself of all the past problems you’ve overcome and you’ll gain confidence in dealing with the current issues.

10. I Need to Take Care of Myself

When everything seems to be going wrong, take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest, get some exercise, eat healthy, and spend some time doing leisure activities. When you’re taking better care of yourself you’ll be better equipped to deal with your problems.

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