Killer Presentation Skills – How to Overcome 3 Barriers to Better Public Speaking

You know that improved presentation skills lead to better leadership and greater success. And you do want improved leadership and success, right?

Then, like most people, you probably find the barriers can be forbidding and intimidating. Here are 3 barriers, and strategies to overcome them.

Barrier #1: The amorphous nature of presentation skills. It’s not something that most people are good at, and even if they were, it’s not like sitting down with someone and spending a few hours going over the basics.

Improvement requires a structured, disciplined approach. Mentoring by good public speakers in your organization won’t work. Nor will self-study.

Strategy for Overcoming Barrier #1: Look for a solution that has a smaller number of participants that usual. I suggest something that has a maximum of 7-10 participants, because this allows participants to delve deep into the skills and concepts necessary for rapid improvement.

Barrier #2: The Time Factor. Some solutions are over a time frame that’s too short. Most training firms do this in 2 or 3 continuous days. With today’s fast and furious hectic pace, requiring people to take this much time off at once just isn’t practical or productive.

And, improvement in presentation skills just doesn’t lend itself to such a short time.

Other solutions take too long. Joining Toastmasters is great, but it does take a long time to really learn everything. The same applies to enrolling in a public speaking skills class at your local college.

Strategy for Overcoming Barrier #2: Search for a solution that is provides training/coaching over a shorter period, perhaps 8-10 weeks. The accelerated nature of this solution addresses the too long/too short barrier.

For example, 6 half-days every other week is much more manageable than 3, 2, or even 1 full day away from work.

A more spread out format (bi-weekly or every 3 weeks) allows participants to adequately prepare for the speeches in the next session, and lets them try out newly learned techniques in the real world of their jobs.

Barrier #3: Lack of metrics for success. In a sense, this barrier is related to Barrier #1 (the amorphous nature of presentation skills), but it really is a separate barrier. Most training programs don’t really measure improvement.

In my coaching and consulting, I emphasize the importance of metrics. I often say, “If you’re not measuring this, how will you know if you’re improving?”

Strategy for Overcoming Barrier #3: Two ways. First, participants should take some sort of self-assessment before and after the training or coaching. This gives them a clear understanding of how much they’ve improved.

The other way of overcoming this barrier uses an evaluation form during the training, so that participants use the form to evaluate others’ speeches.

After the training or coaching, you can use this form when doing a presentation; give it to someone in the audience so that person can evaluate your speech. This way you’re continually improving after the training or coaching.

So, yes, the barriers can seem overwhelming, but the right strategies will get you over the top, and on the way to improved public speaking.

Sales Presentations

When it comes to sales presentations, a company will want to make an excellent impression. Corporate hospitality is of the utmost importance when it comes to sales presentations. In fact, excellent corporate hospitality is vital for all kinds of hosted events, whether the events are sales presentations or the company is hosting annual general meetings, awards ceremonies, conferences, conventions, exhibitions, meetings, PR events, product launches, seminars, team building events, and training courses for employees.

The image a corporation has and the impression the corporation makes are directly reflected in how an event is presented. An event and its rate of successfulness are determined by the selection of venue, the entertainment provided (if any), the menu selection, and the schedule of events. When it comes to corporate hospitality and sales presentations, there is much to consider: a corporation depends on sales presentations to run smoothly in order to secure future sales, as well as to secure the attendance at future sales presentations. To secure the latter mentioned issues, the corporation must arrange and execute a well-planned event.

A corporation wants to convey that they are a caring organisation and that they are a insightful organisation: such an image is defined by corporate hospitality and it will cause those in attendance at a sales presentation to have more confidence in whatever product or service is being presented. In order to present a caring and insightful, professional image, the corporation will have to be prepared to address every possibility during the process of planning the sales presentation – if a single detail is overlooked it can cause the sales presentation to fail in terms of success. Rather than worry whether or not every aspect of the sales presentation is covered, a corporation often wisely chooses to take on a qualified professional to plan, arrange, and execute sales presentations.

Many corporations decide to leave their sales presentation planning to a qualified, capable event organiser and planner: one that understands the importance of corporate hospitality. Every hosted event must be managed to the very last detail and rather than being burdened with the chore of planning an event, corporations allow an knowledgable organiser to prepare annual general meetings, awards ceremonies, conferences, conventions, exhibitions, meetings, PR events, product launches, sales presentations, seminars, team building events, and training courses because the event organiser will always keep the corporate image in mind.

Event planners and organisers understand that the selection of the appropriate venue for sales presentations must be absolutely flawless. Not only does the location of the venue have to be convenient for all that attend the event, but also, the general services offered by the venue must be superlative. The venue of choice leaves an enduring and lasting impression on those that attend the sales presentation and are a direct reflection of the corporation’s hospitality. Those that attend sales presentations will remember the atmosphere of the chosen venue, the services offered at the location, and will immediately associate their memories with the sales presentations and the products/services under assessment.

Since the selection of venue is so critical to a successful event, corporations often depend on an event organiser: event organisers are familiar with various venues, services and fees and can help a corporation secure the best location for any event. An organiser and event planner will assist in choosing a venue where the reception staff is friendly and amiable, where there is plenty of parking for those hosting the event and those that attend, and will ensure that the venue chosen offers the most comfortable atmosphere for a sales presentation.

A single overlooked detail can destroy the success of sales presentations – an event organiser can prevent disaster from happening by managing every detail of sales presentations from beginning to end. Event organisers will take into consideration the types of menus offered at a venue, the accessibility of the venue, the security of the venue, and will also ensure that no problems arise during the sales presentation. Event organisers also investigate the technical aspects of a venue to make sure that there are no issues with equipment set up and use during a sales presentation – a review of technical data sheets allows for the event organiser to examine how many electrical outlets are available and whether or not moving equipment in and out of the location will be difficult.

Event organisers make sales presentations successful by providing invited guests with detailed maps that give the individuals clear, concise directions to the venue. Event organisers also take into consideration different forms of transportation and provide guests with information pertaining to public transportation. In addition, professional event organisers will carefully review the menu offered at a venue: the planner will make certain that the portions of a meal are reasonable and special menus are available for those with particular dietary needs. No detail is left untended to by a professional event organiser.

Debt Negotiation – How to Negotiate Your Debt to Less Than You Should Pay

One of the best ways to get out of debt is to owe less money. Wouldn’t that be nice? Wouldn’t it be nice if the credit card companies you owed money to said “that is okay, you can pay us less?” Well guess what? They aren’t going to outright suggest it themselves, but there are ways that you can do a debt negotiation; negotiate until they agree to settle for less money than what you actually owe.

Here are some helpful tips for you to get started:

Seek assistance from a professional debt negotiation company: Yes you can always try and negotiate your debt for less yourself, but this can take time, a lot of speaking to different people, and it can be a major hassle. Moreover, your case worker is likely to have years of experience; they are familiar with debt laws and they have negotiated many similar deals with credit card companies. This tends to produce the best results. Rarely does a debt negotiation company accept anything less than a 40% reduction in debt.

If you want to handle the negotiations yourself, keep these points in mind: You aren’t a professional and you are likely to make many mistakes; it is important to stay calm. It isn’t in your best interest to play the drama card too much or to erupt in a fit of rage. Debt settlement companies are successful because they are convincing and professional, you want to be the same way. If things aren’t going your way, consider playing the bankruptcy card because it does hold a lot of power.

In short, you are likely to see the highest reduction or elimination of your debt when being represented by a professional during the debt negotiation process. To find that professional company or program, let a debt relief network help by visiting their online website.