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  / ˌprezən ˈ tāSH(ə)n, ˌprē ˌ zenˈtāSH(ə)n/
      the proffering or giving of something to someone,
      especially as part of a formal ceremony.
"the presentation of certificates to new members"
      synonyms:  awarding, presenting, giving, handing
                        over/out, bestowal, granting, award
                        "the presentation of his certificate"

  The ability to stand with small informal groups or before large formal audiences
  has an impact on your ability to communicate thus an impact and motivate others
  into a course of action.  For some, they are a natural.  The rest of us have to work on
  it to be an effective presenter.  This is to help get you closer to or master this goal. 

  Below you find a lot of material on a "simple topic" to help you master what appears
  to be a simple topic but does, for many, require practice and effort and video tapes.
  Videos below cover many areas on presentations plus ones on building confidence,
communicating (not just talking) to people, body language to help you and show them
who is in charge, tricks on using your hands and keeping calm and not stressed out!

  • Secrets to Create and Deliver World-Class Presentations
  • Public Speaking Insights
  • TED Talks on Public Speaking Topics & Related Areas
    including 1 paper and 2 Blogs



5 Presentation Myths that Need To Die  |, Dave Mac

  Secrets to Create and Deliver World-Class Presentations 

        In business and in life, being able to create and deliver a compelling presentation
        to your audience can make a significant impact on their decision-making process.

        Presentations are part of the "soft skills" that employers are focusing more on.

        Here are some of the key points you should consider for your future presentations:

                                    Laying out the presentation in a logical series of events and the
                                    explanation of those events helps your audience stay with you.
                                    You are providing them "the bread crumbs" to find their way.

                                    The second winner, Sangeeta Bhatia, immediately showcases the
                                    great value as many will be challenged to understand the medical
                                    aspects.  She uses imagery and graphics to tie everything
                                    together to protect the message delivered to simplify the

                                    The first place winner tells a personal story guiding the audience
                                    through the evolution of Joe Beggia's company, Airbnb.  In using
                                    a seamless transition, the audience benefits from phrases to
                                    drive greater meaning like writing a poem or song in
                                    communicating.  Facial expressions, quirky photos to personalize
                                    what is a very person oriented business and presentation scores

                                   A good article to start with on the basics that make a difference
6 Tricks You Can Use to Improve Your Presentations
                                   1.  When speaking about a time period, it's helpful to include
                                        photos from that time to set the tone and refresh memories
                                        of what that time was like.
 Images are powerful.
                                   2.  Keep graphs super simple; color, numbers, font, especially
                                        when data is particularly impactful making it easy to see.
                                   3.  Use imagery, and even color to "speak for itself" when you
                                        need to stress any kind of clutter or over population.
                                   4.  Use your voice tone to be as impactful as the message
                                        behind it.
 Tone amplifies your words when used correctly.
                                   5.  Complex technical material need visuals and visual tours to
                                        "escort" your audience through your presentation in a way 
                                        THEY can understand it.
                                   6.  A specialist/expert needs to make their message daunting or
                                        inspiring to align graphics or clips to show the significance.
                                   7.  When your company is well known, bring the audience back to
                                        the early and lean years to make yourself look relatable and
                                        inviting the audience to join you on your road to success.
                                   8.  Trust is earned but sometimes must be taught by taking your
                                        audience with you thus engaging their attention even more. 
                                   9.  Never forget the lessons of a good storyteller to leave your
                                        content more memorable to your audience.  Want to learn
                                        about storytelling?  Read up on Walt Disney ... it really works.

         Becoming a good speaker requires practice, good organization, leveraging
         resources to underscore points, tie things to known things to your audience, and
         stimulating their interest through excitement and imagination.  The rest, as they
         say, is practice, practice, practice and a good tape recorder for self-reflection and
         getting good feedback.

         If you need practice, find some younger children and tell stories to them.  If you
         bring the story to life you will see their engagement.  You want any listener to be


Correct!  As alluded to, there is more than just standing up, talking and earning a
standing ovation.  Planning, Preparation and endless Practice are your focus areas.
Thus we have the additional sections below to help you become powerful.


The Skill You Need Now - Presentation Literacy - TED [Article]                                      01/06/2017
TED curator Chris Anderson discusses the transformative power of speaking to an audience from the heart.


7 Ways to Make Communication with Anyone (15:22)
"We mustn't speak to strangers." Malavika Varadan, challenges this societal norm, by presenting 7 ways to make conversation with anyone.

Magicians have mastered the art of understanding different perspectives in order to create illusions and connect with the audience.  Brian Miller explains how he used that skill to create magic for a blind man.  Then he shares how you can use the same technique to make better, more meaningful connections with people in your life personally and professionally.  Brian Miller is a private event magician, corporate keynote speaker, and youth motivational speaker. 

Kalina Silverman wanted to see what could happen if she approached strangers and skipped the small talk to have more meaningful conversations with them instead.  She made a video documenting the experience.  The stories she heard and the connections she made proved that there's power in taking the time to stop and ask people to reflect on the questions that truly matter in life.

Why are some presentations spellbinding and some not? Well, this is the question Nancy Duarte takes on as she shares with the audience the secret of an excellent presentation. In this fascinating talk Nancy Duarte explains the model that she developed for designing transformative presentations. She explains the essential qualities of an excellent presentation by analyzing the speeches of Martin Luther King and Steve Jobs. She reminds us that the only way to spread important ideas is to make sure that one is communicating his or her ideas effectively using strong presentation skills. 

There's no single formula for a great talk, but there is a secret ingredient that all the best ones have in common. TED Curator Chris Anderson shares this secret — along with four ways to make it work for you. Do you have what it takes to share an idea worth spreading?

Dr. Chris Shea works in non verbal strategy analysis for groups and individuals including analyses and skills training in nonverbal communication.

From the "I have a dream" speech to Steve Jobs’ iPhone launch, many great talks have a common structure that helps their message resonate with listeners. In this talk, presentation expert Nancy Duarte shares practical lessons on how to make a powerful call-to-action.

         There's no single formula for a great talk, but there is a secret ingredient that all the best
         ones have in common.  TED Curator Chris Anderson shares this secret -- along with four
         ways to make it work for you. Do you have what it takes to share an idea worth spreading? 
         In this fun and personal talk, Caroline Goyder shares a story of moving from stage-paralysis
         to expressive self.  Accompanied by an unusual prop, she encourages us to use our voice as
         an instrument and really find the confidence within. 
Want to sound like a leader?  Start by saying your name right (15:32)
How we use language - our accent, expressions, and the structure of our sentences - changes from region to region. Vera Regan explains why we should listen to these differences, and why language can act as a cultural barometer.
What your speaking style, like, says about you (15:46)
How we use language - our accent, expressions, and the structure of our sentences - changes from region to region. Vera Regan explains why we should listen to these differences, and why language can act as a cultural barometer. 

How I Beat Stage Fright (7:59)
Humanity's fine-tuned sense of fear served us well as a young species, giving us laser focus to avoid being eaten by competing beasts.  But it's less wonderful when that same visceral, body-hijacking sense of fear kicks in in front of 20 folk-music fans at a Tuesday night open-mic.  Palms sweaty, hands shake, vision blurs, and the brain says RUN: it's stage fright. In this charming, tuneful little talk, Joe Kowan talks about how he conquered it.

As the Athletic Director and head coach of the Varsity Soccer team at Ryerson University, Dr. Joseph is often asked what skills he is searching for as a recruiter: is it speed? Strength? Agility? In Dr. Joseph's TEDx Talk, he explores self confidence and how it is not just the most important skill in athletics, but in our lives.

    -  Amy Cuddy

    -  Amy Cuddy

    -  Allan Pease

   -  Julian Treasure