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10 Pro Secrets To Have Memorable Presentations

10 Pro Secrets To Have Memorable Presentations

Great presentations are memorable, instructive and referenced for many years. Great presentations encourage and educate audiences. Most successful public speakers have refined their skills to deliver memorable presentations in front of a live audience. Here is a summary of the process to make your next presentation one your audience will never forget.

1. Show confidence

If you’re worried or nervous, to counteract your anxiety, show fictitious self-assurance. Stand up unconventionally, show a nice smile and strengthen your mindset with positive considerations. While giving or preparing for a presentation always remember the five P’s: prior planning prevents poor performance. The more you exercise, the more confident you will feel when giving presentations in front of the audience.

2. Make connections

Making connections with the audience can greatly help you in having memorable presentations. Be interactive by looking at the entire audience during your presentation. Smile at an unfamiliar person in the audience. Your subtle signals will make the presentation more like a conversation between associates than a formal presentation.

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3. Introduce yourself memorably

If you are going to give a presentation at an event, the organizer will most likely introduce you before your presentation. But don’t hinge on the organizer to endear you to the audience. Before you start your presentation, introduce yourself with one or two quick verdicts. Avoid repeating your resume for the introduction; instead, quickly inform your audience who you are and why they should pay attention to what you have to say.

4. Stay accessible

Select a social medium to connect with the people during and after the presentation. In social media, Twitter is a widespread choice because audience members might want to tweet something interesting or profound they have found in your presentation. As an alternative, you can either share your blog, website or email address.

5. Tell stories

Every Tom, Dick and Harry love a great story. Great presentations are not rational speeches; they feel like emotional descriptions conveyed in a sensational and engaging way. Engage and involve your audience by sharing information in the form of a story. Support your presentation with personal experiences, obstacles and achievements to exemplify your points.

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6. Practice delivery

A memorable presentation is so appealing that it makes the presenter forget about himself and become captivated in the presentation. Rehearse your presentation over and over until you remove the interference including nerviness and prickly gaps. Pay full attention to your body language. Great presenters work this phase in a usual way.

7. Speak the language

Great presentations don’t leave people pondering what you have said in the presentation. It might be appealing to say a few big words, but it would make your audience feel estranged. Always clarify terms, abbreviations and contractions.

8. Deep research

Having a memorable presentation that will never vanish from the minds of the audience, requires more than the usual information given in your presentation. Do deep research and find some significant fact beyond your topic. Give them the unexpected. Ambiguous and opposing information will raise heads and encourage discussion.

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9. Simple slides

Be careful about your presentation content. If you want your presentation to be unforgettable, don’t be like everyone else. Use simple slides in your presentation to highlight and emphasize key points.

10. Conclude with a call to action

Concluding with a call to action is something your audience can do immediately. Memorable presentations are inspiring, but people face hitches to apply that knowledge to their daily lives. To leave a sense of obligation share the results of your experience, victories and achievements. Inform your audience precisely how they can achieve similar outcomes.

Confidence, preparation and great listening skills are compulsory to end a fabulous and memorable presentation. “Always speak from the heart and tell the truth; it will delight some and surprise the rest.”

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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