12 Suicide Pills for the Business Presenter

How to deliver a career-ending presentation today

Do you hate your job and want to be fired tomorrow? One sure way to move to the front of the line for dismissal is to deliver a suicide-pill presentation. Use any one or more of the following methods to deliver your career ending presentation. Use these presentation tips today and say hello to unemployment tomorrow.

1. Don’t prepare. Forget about research, rehearsing and logistics planning. Preparation takes thought, effort and time. Why invest in those efforts if you think you can wing it. Think of all the leaders in any field who winged it. Yeah, I can’t think of any either.

2. Start your presentation by whining about how little time you had to prepare. Your presentation was scheduled for next week but today’s speaker got sick and you have to fill in – so please bear with me. Or whine about the cold coffee, the weather or room temperature. Mimic Homer Simpson – blame others for your presentation and performance shortcomings.

3. Read your presentation. That’s right. Stand up there and read your presentation word for word from a printed text. That’s boring for your audience and will demonstrate a complete lack of knowledge and conviction. You can always cry to your spouse that at least you got all the words right.

4. Write your entire speech in PowerPoint. Write your speech in PowerPoint because it is easy to do. It’s not effective – but it’s easy. Show how lazy and inconsiderate you are. Then read your presentation from the words on the PowerPoint slides. Yes – show people how stupid you believe them to be. They can’t read. That’s why you will read every slide to them. Even if you only read every second slide that demonstrates that you think that they are half stupid. Read every third slide to demonstrate that they are 1/3 stupid.

5. Be very casual in your appearance. Deliver your presentation while seated, leaning on your chair or sitting on the boardroom table. Why stand when you can sit or loaf? Dress down so you are the worst dressed in the room. Tattoos and piercings are really cool so flaunt them. Do your Al Bundy impression – thumbs in pants stance.

6. Play it safe. Give tons of statistics and data. Pretend you are an encyclopedia. In fact read information from books and technical reports. What could be wrong with that? Don’t give your opinion, recommendation or relevance of the information. Just dump information. Yep – that’s boring.

7. Spew techno babble, clich├ęs and vague wording. Think outside of the box, embrace the paradigm shift and raise the bar. Empower staff. Jump the shark – you’re done like dinner.

8. Don’t look at your audience. Refuse to make eye contact. Treat them as the enemy. Instead look at your notes, the screen, the floor, the wall or the boardroom table. Look anywhere but into the eyes of your audience. Don’t let them see the whites of your eyes. They might recognize your fear.

9. Tell jokes. It works for the late night TV talk show hosts. So deliver your top ten list, a sexist joke, or racial insult. When talking to a group of lawyers be sure to pull out all your lawyer jokes. Show them your best Don Rickles or Red Fox imitation.

10. Run overtime. You were given 20 minutes to speak. Why not give them more by speaking for 48 minutes. Surely that’s what people want? Disrespect other peoples’ time – that’s a good career ending strategy.

11. Don’t conclude. Finish without telling people what you want them to do. Make them guess. After all they have all the time in the world to figure out what the heck you were trying to say. Why make it easy on them?

12. Insult and embarrass your audience – especially your boss’s boss. Perform your impressions of your coworkers. Make fun of their appearance, culture or vision. Demonstrate your sarcastic wit. Preface your comments with, “obviously” and “you probably never heard of this”.

©George Torok is the Speech Coach for Executives. He helps business presenters deliver million dollar presentations. Read daily Presentation Tips at http://Twitter.com/PresentationsGo Visit http://www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com for more free career saving tips. Arrange for presentation training and private speech coaching by calling 905-335-1997

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Get out of PowerPoint Hell Help

PowerPoint is not the problem. People using PowerPoint badly is the problem.

The answer is for business presenters to learn how to use PowerPoint smarter.

Here's your opportunity. PowerPoint expert, Dave Paradi is running a series of affordable seminars to show you how to deliver painless PowerPoint presentations.

Miss it and you'll be sorry - and so will your audience.

Watch this video to learn more about the seminars. Dave looks kinda serious in this video. Well, he is a serious guy - especially when it comes to helping people improve their PowerPoint. Dave will give you lots of practical tips on how you can improve your PowerPoint presentations.

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Sell more with superior presentation skills

That’s the best reason to develop your presentation skills. To sell more.

If your product sold itself – who would need you?

Steve Jobs is selling innovative products like the iPod, iPhone and Mac Air. Even with the “products that sell themselves” he polished his presentation skills to the point where others study and seek to emulate his presentation prowess.

Selling is about connecting with buyers and communicating the value of your product. Superior presentation skills is about connecting with your listeners and communicating the value of your message.

There is no question that the most successful sales people are superior communicators – whether it is one-to-one or one-to-many.

Selling is not about convincing a prospect to buy a product they don’t want. It is about discovering what they really want and providing that solution to them.

Successful presenting is more about understanding your audience and talking to them in their langue and giving them what they want.

The difficult part is in listening to and getting into the mind of your audience. Once you do that – you will be far more successful in sales and presentations.

How do you do that?

Ask yourself, where do they hurt? Why would they listen to your message? How can you fix their pain? What’s in it for them?

If you aren’t fixing a pain, you can’t sell and there’s no point in presenting.

The sales presentations that fail are those that are about you – the seller.

The most successful sales presentations are about the buyer.

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Daily Presentation Skills Tips on Twitter

Recent presentation tips posted on Twitter.com/PresentationsGo

Text on a screen is only for one person in the room – the presenter. That’s his notes.

Presentation Skills Tip. Seeing is believing. First they need to believe before they can see.

Presentation Skills tip: People might not believe what you are saying because they can’t see it in their mind.

When there is a conflict between the image in the mind and the image in the eyes – the mind wins.

What's your definition of a successfull presentation? It's not the applause.

Images grab attention, aid learning and boost memory. You better be using imagery in your presentation.

Visual learners don’t need text on a screen. They need visuals.

Words on a screen are not visual. They are simply text. Images are visual.

You can create images in the mind of your listeners with simple props. It’s a good way to illustrate abstract concepts.

For daily presentation skills tips follow me on www.Twitter.com/PresentationsGo

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The Worst Presentation Sin

What's the worst presentation sin?

Not respecting time.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your time is more valuable than the collective time of your audience.

Just because you were told that you would have a 60 minute time slot – don’t count on getting 60 minutes to speak.

Why? Because plans and circumstances change.

Be prepared and flexible to change your presentation. Be prepared to leave something out.

Your audience doesn’t need to hear everything that you want to say.

If you were told to prepare a 60 minute speech, be prepared to deliver it in 50, 45 or 34 minutes.

PS: Never leave your important point till the end. You might not get to state it.

PPS: If the conference organizer gave you 60 minutes – be sure to finish in 58 minutes. Never go overtime.

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The Torch has been passed

The inauguration of John F. Kennedy Januarary 20, 1961.

John F. Kennedy was a great speaker. Watch his presentations and learn from them.

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