Tuesday, January 14, 2014

When You Are on the Stage

Connect to The Audience

In a sentence, put emphasis on the word you find important. Use body language to complement it. Here are three techniques to improve body language:

  1. Eye contact: Do not use your eyes to read slides or note. Use your eyes to connect to your audience. Maintain your eye contact. If you lose the eye contact, your audience will get bored and lose interest. Practice so that you don’t have to read the slides or the note.
  2. Open posture: Do not let anything stand between you and your audience, not even a podium. This space provides a way that you and your audience can mentally connect.
  3. Hand gesture: Use it to compliment your sentences. But do not over-rehearse, or your hand gesture  would look robotic. 

Voice Techniques

     Here are a few voice techniques which help improve your presentation:

  1. Inflection: Raise or lower you pitch to  emphasize such as unbelievable, huge, etc.
  2. Pauses: Use it to create an expectation. Do not rush your presentation. Again, practice help give you confidence so that you don’t have to feel like rushing.
  3. Volume: Raise your voice to add drama. Lower your voice to build up drama.
  4. Rate: Use normal pace for most of the time. But slow down when you want to build up drama or you want your audience to listen attentively. 

“People are making judgments about you all the time, but especially in the first ninety seconds of meeting you.”
Source: The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience 

Book or Audiobooks?

          Personally, I prefer audiobooks. It's fun, and I can listen when I'm doing something else. It also makes other activities (e.g., jogging) a lot more fun. For more detail about audiobooks, please read [this post].     
          There is one more reason that may encourage you to go for the audiobook version. You can get it now for FREE. Audible offers you a free trial for 14 days. Even if you get the book and cancel the subscription right away (so that you don't have to pay), you can keep the book. And, don't worry if you lost the audiobook file. Just log into audible.com. You can keep downloading the over and over again. 
   About the summary: It takes time to finish up a book. And, when you do, sometimes, you want to review what you learn from the book. If you do not make  notes as you read, you might have to go through the book once again. This can be time-consuming when you are dealing with a book. But you can still flip through the book and locate what you are looking for.

However, when the material is an audiobook, it is extremely hard to locate a specific part of content. Most likely you will have to listen to the entire audiobook once again.

This book summary will help solve the pain of having to go through the book all over again.

I am leaving out the details of the books. Most books have interesting examples and case studies, not included here. Reading the original book would be much more entertaining and enlightening. If you like the summary, you may want to get the original from the source below.

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