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10 Wise thoughts on How to Improve Your Presentation Skills

Presentation Skills

Written by Paul Castle |

May 3, 2018

We live in an era where the best way to make a dent on the world may be simply to stand up and say something.

The Power of Presentations

“We live in an era where the best way to make a dent on the world may no longer be to write a letter to the editor or publish a book. It may be simply to stand up and say something . . . because both the words and the passion with which they are delivered can now spread across the world at warp speed.” Chris Anderson, TED TALKS: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking

Fear of Presenting

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than delivering the eulogy.” – Jerry Seinfeld

The Audience is always Right

“The customer is always right' may have become a standard motto in the world of business, but the idea that 'the audience is always right,' has yet to make much of an impression on the world of presentation, even though for the duration of the presentation at least, the audience is the speaker's only customer.”

Max Atkinson, Lend Me Your Ears: All You Need to Know about Making Speeches and Presentations

The impact of passion

“Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.” -D. H. Lawrence

You are unique

“To communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world, and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins


“If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.”

Winston S. Churchill

Focus on your audience

“Designing a presentation without an audience in mind is like writing a love letter and addressing it: To Whom It May Concern.” Ken Haemer

Preparation, Preparation, Preparation

“It takes one hour of preparation for each minute of presentation time.” Wayne Burgraff

Remember to Pause

“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” Mark Twain

What do you want your listener to remember or feel?

“If you don't know what you want to achieve in your presentation your audience never will.” – Harvey Diamond

The importance of your presentations

What ever you do, wherever you work, one thing is certain presentation skills are a must have requirement if you want to be noticed and advance your career.

How many presentations do you make each year? Do you suffer from anxiety, stress or nervousness? Are you unsure what or how to say your message? Is it a struggle to produce your message or slide set? How do you feel about listening to those many boring presentations we are forced to endure on a regular basis? Do you look at those rare star presenters and wish it could be you?

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