Speaking Their Truth, Making a Difference
Today Tedx has a conference with the theme Human Nature. There was a waiting list of 7000 and it is simulcast in many locations around the Netherlands. Many charismatic speakers who are passionate about what they are saying and are all in their own way proposing a “Call to Action” for all of us to take action in some way that can make the world a better place.
I am coaching several of the speakers for Tedx and Tedx Women and helping them to be even more effective and to speak with passion!
New Partnerships with SSN
Successful Speaker Now is proud to announce two new partnerships that will provide more opportunities for our continued growth.
We are partnering with the Women’s Speakers Association as their first European Founding Member. This means that we will be the main contact in Europe for gaining new members for the WSA and will organize local support for current members of the organization.
Another great partnership that we have just formed is with the prestigious Speakers Academy speakers bureau in Rotterdam.
We will become their continuing education partner for their speakers. We will assist with speaker skills training and also English conversation and presentation skills.
These two organizations see the value in partnership and understand the SSN vision of helping women to find their voice and to assist speakers to present with passion and impact. A press release will follow shortly with these exciting announcements.
Powerpoint is Not a Text Document, But a Visual Dance Partner
What is the value of Powerpoint? It is a visual aid for your presentation. You do not want people to ever have to read alot of text while you are speaking. Here are five tips about Powerpoint that can help you present more effectively:
1. Use images that relate to your topic to emphasize your points – NOT Text! They can glance at the images and not lose what you are saying. Glance, Listen, Glance, Listen… you want them to follow your dance movements with your content.
2. Limit number of slides to only what is absolutely necessary – More is less in life and in Powerpoints. Be sure to keep it tight and focused, otherwise, you will lose their attention.
3. Enter their world – Be sure that your content and visuals are interesting for your audience. Make it about them and what they would like to see to keep them entertained. If it is dry information, use bright colors and effects to entertain them visually.
4. Make the slide show dance for you. Use transitions and animations to jazz up your slides – Make the powerpoint dance with movement, color and energy. With your handheld clicker to transition slides, you can do this very easily.
5. Practice the entire slide show many times. If you want it to dance for you, you must practice it over and over until it flows very easily from you and create the illusion of dancing with the content to entertain them and get your points across effectively.
By following these creative points, every presentation will be full of energy, light and impact. They will remember you for your creative efforts to keep them entertained!