21 Tips…Make Your Next Presentation Sizzle! by Arnold Sanow

21 Tips … 
Make Your Next Presentation Sizzle!
 
Practice… Practice … Practice —– live audience or before a video camera
 
Speakers commandment #1 – Don’t be boring
 
Smile as much as appropriate
 
Always arrive early — make sure everything works
 
Never go over the time you’ve been allotted
 
Always build pauses in your presentations – people need time to absorb your main points
 
Always pause after laughter
 
Follow the AT&T rule for humor: It needs to be appropriate, timely and tasteful
 
Use relevant stories – this is what people will remember
 
Have a strong opening and a strong closing
 
Always use your own style
 
The best speakers are having a conversation with their audience
 
Exaggerate your body language and expressions
 
Watch your language —- This is one time to be politically correct
 
Be careful talking about sex, politics and religion
 
Always volunteer to speak as much as you can
 
Be enthusiastic – People are more convinced by your energy, enthusiasm and conviction than by anything else.
 
Always look for ways to improve
 
Be sensitive to the audience’s wants and needs — look at body language and words
 
Make sure your appearance is appropriate for the group
 
Don’t let negative or critical feedback pull you down. Remember, it’s not personal

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