The Art of Presentation Skills – Creating Mental Stimulation

Let’s say you have a room full of people you are looking to train, or influence. You have a lot of information to convey to this group of people, how should you do it? What is the most cost effective, time appropriate, and let us not forget easiest way to do this? Better yet the most important question to ask one’s self is how can I get this group of people interested, gain their trust and keep it throughout the process.

In either instance, a speech would do, but it may come across as tedious or even worse, boring. If you have information that must be conveyed starting with a “boring” speech type proposal is certainly the quickest way to lose the attention of your audience. Once you lose the attention of your audience, it is gone, working on regaining their attention is also a lost cause, start strong and never lose their attention.

Here is a novel idea make your statement(s) via a presentation. Presentations have the ability to hold the attention of your audience as well as “highlight” or pinpoint any information that must be retained. The intriguing idea behind presentations is that they allow mental stimulation as well as visual stimulation. By combing mental stimulation with audio stimulation, you are entertaining two of the five senses; thus allowing the memory retentive area of your audience’s brain to step in and help the brain “absorb” and process the information provided easier.

Before you start your presentation, there are a two key steps to keep in mind:

1. Know the subject you are trying to convey

Who wants to listen to someone that has no idea what he or she is talking about? If you want someone to listen to you, and find your information valid, make an effort and put in the time dedicated to research your topic(s). If someone asks you a follow-up question or questions the last thing you want to say, “Uh I’m not sure,” all creditability is lost from the time you mutter the word “Uh.” Know your stuff, be able to recite the information in your sleep, and make sure that you are ready for any question or questions that may be thrown at you. Keep in mind that the information you are presenting can only be as credible as the person presenting it, and you will be sure to check and recheck the facts as often as necessary.

2. Know your audience

Who is your audience? Who are the people that you will be presenting to? When making a presentation it is important to keep your audience in mind. They are the people you are looking to “convince”, if you are not able to pinpoint your target audience you are not going to be able to tailor the information accordingly. For instance, a younger audience may do better with an Internet based technology chat, whereas an older audience may get lost in the idea of the Internet. Before presenting any information, make sure you aware of your audience, who they are and the best way to convey your message.

Remember our ultimate goal here is mental stimulation, by stimulating our audience’s brain we can keep them interested, entertained, and help the information “sink” in. By following the guidelines outlined above, we can engage our audience in a presentation that not only teaches them but also allows them the opportunity to advance their knowledge.

Trainer Presentation Skills-The Six “Deadly Sins” to Avoid

Communication- it is an essential business skill that is required in almost every type of industry. For those in the training community, superior communication skills are not only essential, but they are a pre-requisite to successfully explaining a subject.

The ability to convey knowledge to others is a powerful skill and must be developed in order to be an effective communicator. Without this training, we often use bad habits we’ve picked up along the way.
Slipping into these “bad habits” or deadly training sins can sabotage your training effort and minimize the effectiveness of your overall training objective. While there are many “deadly presentation sins” to avoid, some of the most common include the following:

o Burying students in detail- inhibits learning. Giving students more information than they are ready to absorb creates confusion and fear, and is scientifically proven to deter learning. Build a foundation of understanding and make sure they are comfortable with the information before you add details.

o Disorganization- developing a training plan, organizing your materials and your training facility can be as important as your knowledge of the training topic.

o Excessive use of words like “umm” or “and”- When we are nervous, we often unconsciously tack on these words at the end of a statement. They serve as a constant “interruption” between relevant training information and have an adverse impact on the students’ ability to fully understand the information.

o Fidgeting or foot shifting – is a nervous reaction to public speaking and is extremely distracting to students

o Lack of control over the pace of a presentation- In an effort to convey information, presenters often forget the importance of pacing. Many presenters speak too quickly for students to grasp the concepts; others speak too slowly to retain the attention of students.

o Diminishing students’ self esteem- Just as presenting in front of a group takes courage so does asking a question. Presenters must make efforts to maintain the self esteem of students who ask or answer questions or risk alienating not only the student asking the question but all who witnessed the interaction.

So now that we know what some of the deadly sins are, how can we avoid them? As trainers we must be aware of how we are presenting at all times. Learning the training techniques and skills developed by PrepMasters expert trainers can help you build your presentation skills and avoid these common pitfalls. Once you learn these skills practice, practice and practice.
Communicating in front of a group can be an un-nerving task for anyone- even training professionals! Committing to a training program can give you the tools to avoid these deadly presentation sins and enrich your training experiences. Challenge yourself- just like you should be challenging your students!

Canon EOS Rebel T1i and T2i – The Best Christmas Presents For The Amateur Photographer On Your List

These two digital single lens reflex (slr) cameras – the Canon EOS Rebel T1i and T2i are amazingly flexible still AND VIDEO cameras for the amateur photographer on your Christmas list. These cameras are a far cry from using a phone to take pictures and video. They truly are best Christmas presents for serious photogs.

Independent Review
Add the fact that Consumer Reports (CR) rated Canons as #1, #2, and #3 in a recent issue covering advanced cameras. The EOS Rebel T2i ranked #2 and is a CR recommendation while the EOS Rebel T1i ranked #3 and is a CR BEST BUY. The magazine also graded the manufacturer high in reliability.

It Gets Better!
At this hour Amazon lists the T2i as a #2 bestseller and the T1i as a #5 bestseller in the digital slr category. Both are user rated as 4+ (out of 5) stars.

What’s The Difference Between The Models?
The T1i is the first Rebel model with video capabilities. The T2i is the newest Rebel and has more advanced features – higher resolution (18 vs. 15.1 MP), higher low lighting range (6400 vs 3200), and expanded compatibility memory cards. But you will pay a price for the newest features.

So Would The Shutterbug On Your List Like Their Gift?
Love is a more accurate term – anytime you shoot an event, the video capability comes into play. For example, suppose you are attending a wedding. You can shoot stills in the church (slrs are excellent low light camera) and action in the reception (you know, the groom dances with his mother).