These are great words of wisdom for ANY presentation, be it in your classroom, at a conference, or even during a webinar.
- Dream big.
Strive to create the best talk you have ever given. Reveal something never seen before. Do something the audience will remember forever. Share an idea that could change the world.
- Show the real you.
Share your passions, your dreams, and also your fears. Be vulnerable. Speak of failure as well as success.
- Make the complex plain.
Don't try to dazzle intellectually or speak in abstractions. Explain! Give examples. Tell stories. Be specific.
- Connect with people's emotions.
Make us laugh! Make us cry! Make your audience feel something.
- Don't flaunt your ego.
You shouldn't boast. It's the surest way to switch everyone off.
- No selling from the stage.
Unless specifically asked to, do not talk about your company or organization. And don't even think about pitching your products or services or asking for funding from stage.
- Feel free to comment on other speakers' talks.
It's OK to praise or to criticize. Controversy energizes! Enthusiastic endorsement is powerful!
- Don't read.
Notes are fine. But if the choice is between reading or rambling, then read!
- End on time.
Doing otherwise is stealing time from the people that follow you.
Practice your talk in front of a trusted friend. Concentrate on timing, clarity, and impact.
- Dream big.
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