One bit of advice, most professional speakers remember and follow is to always think ahead. This should apply to any businessmen who speaks occasionally. Your only speech of the year is not a time to make a mistake in front of your company’s CEO.
If you develop a checklist for your speech, you can avoid potential problems. If done during a quiet time, this allows you the flexibility to concentrate on all your needs.
Another nugget of advice is to introduce yourself to any AV technician who may be running the audio and video segments of the program. Handing a 10 Starbucks gift card to each of your technicians before the meeting goes a long way to being remembered. As a result, if there is a problem, your technician might go out of their way to help you. People like being appreciated and will respond to anyone that is appreciative.
How would you like to improve the odds of people remembering your main points when speaking. Meaningful gestures with the appropriate vocal emphasis allow your message to be absorbed at 3 difference levels.
The words you used are heard by the ears. With the right emphasis in vocal variety gives a rhythm and with the right gesture provides visual impact. In John Medina’s book “Brian Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School.” he emphasizes how vision trumpets all the other senses. That is why having a repertoire of gesture to show what you are saying is so important.
When you have the words crafted in harmony with the voice you are easier to listen to, and when you bring the right body movement you will be remembered.
All too often speaking professional gesture a not conveying the message they want. In my experience it is due to the lack of strong and expressive body movement. The cure is to exaggerate your gestures when practicing.
An excellent exercise is to practice with both arms up at shoulder height. Make all your gestures from that position. No doubt you will feel awkward, however, when your gestures are expressive your message is more easily understood. Enhance your gesture when giving a presentation and you will come alive in front of any audience. Exaggerate your gestures in practice and they will just right when in front of your audience.
It is important to keep in mind that gestures are the largest part of your message. The lack of gestures limits your ability to communicate the message you want to convey.
As you know, speakers give presentations. Oftentimes the presentations they give are not just verbal, they’re visual too. Speakers must make sure an audience clearly sees their presentation visuals in a large format by connecting to a projection device like a large display screen or a data projector.
Think about this. Have you ever been getting ready for your live presentation, and, in working through getting your laptop connected to a device, you find out that you can’t make a physical connection between the two because you don’t have the correct display adapter? Well, most likely, this is due to your not having a specific ‘dongle’ handy in your bag. Wikipedia basically defines a dongle as a small piece of hardware that attaches to a computer, TV, or other electronic device to allow for certain connectivity options.
To prevent this type of AV connection headache, make sure you invest in building a simple Dongle Kit for your travelling briefcase. Always make sure you get the correct connector to fit your computers’ video output port and then look for various tips on the other end of the dongles to cover the basic connections needed on the display devices.