Thanks so much for attending Greg Gray’s workshop, WAKE ME WHEN IT’S OVER!
Here are some bonus tips and tools “after the show”
VIDEO TAPE YOURSELF GIVING A PRESENTATION
- Listen for how often you use filler words like, “umm”, “like”, and other words or phrases that you may tend to repeat. If you can hear yourself repeating those fillers, you can make mindful adjustments to decrease that tendency.
- Watch the video with the sound turned down to zero and look for any physical tendencies or ticks you tend to repeat. For example, I noticed that I tend to adjust my glasses often when I’m speaking. Turns out I just needed to have them adjusted.
WORKBOOKS AND HANDOUTS
- Remember, printed PowerPoint slides usually don’t make for good handouts in that they tend to license the audience to read ahead of you.
- Dig a hole with your handouts so your audience will “need you” to fill in the blanks. This will also allow the audience to personalize their workbook in a way that you never could.
- If your handout is a 3-ring binder full of paper, consider handing the innards out one section at a time. This will be much less intimidating and will also give the audience a sense of gradual accomplishment.
- Do whatever you must to avoid ever having to say “this has changed since this was printed)… in other words, keep your presentation docs up to date.
- Try using darker backgrounds for your slides with lighter (white/yellow) fonts. It will give your audience a better viewing experience in varied lighting conditions.
- If you have complex items to speak of like charts and graphs, consider handing them out as hardcopy addendum to your presentation.
- You can defy the “# of lines per slide” rule if you transition in lines/bullets one at a time.
ARRIVE 30-45 MINUTES EARLY
- Arriving early will allow you to set up any tech BEFORE your guests arrive. You should be all set and ready to go when they get there.
- You can learn as much about the group at the coffee station than you can in some briefings you get from your host.
- Murphy’s Law is always lurking. The one time you decide to arrive “on time” there will be traffic, you’ll find out your directions were wrong, etc. Give yourself and your blood pressure a break by reducing Murphy’s opportunity to negatively affect you.
Theater Style Seating
- Plus: You can get more people in the room.
- Minus: It’s an awkward setting if there is a continental breakfast or other food service or if they are expected to take notes.(where do they put that stuff).
- Plus: U-shape rooms are great for accountability in that everyone can see each other. Also great for facilitated discussions.
- Minus: If the “U” is too large, group members may feel disconnected from one another.
- Plus: Great for creating groups that can participate in designated activities without having move around. Also great for meal settings.
- Minus: There is always at least 3-4 persons at the table that have less than optimal viewing of the stage or dais in the room.
Remember, people reading the newspaper, playing on their phones, and SLEEPING are all forms of FEEDBACK on your presentation.
If you think you might be interested in Greg’s book, WAKE ME WHEN IT’S OVER, when it’s published later this year, just click here to send me an email, and I’ll keep you posted!