The best of us need to take a break sometimes.
Rather, it is a good idea to take breaks and come back fresh and rejuvenated!
And this is one such break that I’m taking for a few weeks. It’s only a few weeks! By the time, the glow of Diwali lights fade, you’ll see me back in action. And better than ever!
A brand new look of the blog, brand new videos on my channel and brand new posts on the blog! So yeah! Patience is a virtue and good things come in their own time.
There are so many things that you can do while new posts don’t appear on this blog. Here they are:
Hello everyone! My last post was a recap on all the things that have happened on this blog. But with 200+ posts, I thought of making this quick reference guide to the content here. Although the search tab at the end of the home page works great too. Still I decided to pick up the most popular and important posts in useful categories like presentation, coaching, communication, speaking, reading, vocabulary building etc. So spending 10 minutes on this blog post can help you learn a great deal about improving your soft skills and communication.
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The audience is the focal point of any presentation
Presentations usually turn out to be events where we share what we know about the topic. The updates we think are important for the listeners. But whether it’s a toast at a wedding, an office presentation, a meeting or experience sharing at your alma mater – each event has a different kind of audience. And we speak for them, not ourselves. Some times, the audience will be a similar set of people – a team meeting or a diverse bunch – like a birthday party. Choosing your content that goes with the audience is the key to success. Here’s how:
Lights off. Powerpoint on. And the presentation starts. We know the drill. We know it is boring. And yet we go ahead and present the way we do all the time. That’s the first mistake and the only big one – if you ask me! People find it hard to believe me when I say that presentations don’t have to be boring at all. I remember a training program that I conducted for a company in Mumbai. The pre-training presentations were all the same. But after the program, the group applied practical tips they learnt during the program to make their post training presentations remarkably different. You can make your presentations standout too. Avoid these mistakes:
When I was in college, my favourite event to participate in during the college festival was the extempore speech competition. We had to choose a chit from a bowl and each piece of paper had a topic written on it. We could think of points for a minute and then speak extemporaneously for 2 minutes. Just one minute of preparation time! And that worked perfectly fine for me since I did not have to write a speech and worse, memorise it! But most of the speaking situations we come across in our lives aren’t like a college competition. Presenting project reports or talking to convince a board about your new proposal would need careful preparation and involve decisions about what exactly you are going to say.
This brings us to the question – should you memorise your speech/presentation? The simplest answer is “No” In this post, we’ll look at why memorising is not a good idea and what you could do instead to still make a great presentation. By the way, did President Obama memorise his speeches? Find out:
I am so excited that this series is coming to its culmination! This is the last of the videos in the speaking skills series.You’ve already seen 4 of the 5 steps to become a confident speaker – how to get started on becoming a confident speaker, how to prepare for an impressive speech, speaking tools that can keep your audience engaged and how to deliver your speech confidently.
Step 5 is more an overall look at kinds of speeches rather than another step in the process.
You will come across different kinds of speaking situations in life. Some could be office meetings or project presentations, which you can prepare in advance for. While others could be a quick – So, what do you think about the new budget cuts – kind of scenarios. In today’s post, we will look at how to deal with different kinds of speaking needs.