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Should we use any notes in Presentation?

Should we use any notes in Presentation?
Steve Jobs Presentation

    Have you watched the latest Steve Jobs' Keynote Address at Macworld San Francisco 2007? Watch it. Get a feel on what is a great presentation. Spot how he builds up anticipation and excitement.

    It is interesting to see couple of comparisons around the blogosphere with Steve Jobs and other guest speakers' presentation style in the keynote. To highlight one, Presentation Zen has a great analysis on the presentation and a summary on bloggers' comments.

    To summarize his summary, not many people like Stan Sigman's (CEO of Cingular) speech. In particular, Sigman uses 3×5″ index cards, and awkwardly reading and presenting from it.

    Did Jobs use any notes? Yes, he actually used them for sections that require less dynamic, but more precision on steps – a product demo.

    Take a look at Steve's demo notes, in a close up shot.

    As Garr at Presentation Zen mentioned the danger of using presentation notes:

    • Notes destroy fifty percent of the interest in your talk.
    • Notes prevent contact and intimacy with the audience.
    • Notes create and air of artificiality.
    • Notes make the speaker look less confident, less powerful.
    • Make lots of notes in the preparation of your talk, but use them only in the event of a total emergency.
    • If you must use notes make sure the audience does not see them. That is, “…endeavor to hide your weakness from the audience.”

    A take home lesson? Learn and practice your speech, and stop relying on your notes.

    On the other hand, notes are good if you need to deliver some accurate information, such as a step-by-step demo, so that you won't miss anything. Just make sure you don't read it awkwardly.

    What is your story on presentation? Have you ever delivered a presentation without any notes?

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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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