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How to Open Your Presentation with Attention Grabbing Pizzazz and Close with Memorable Oomph

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ATTENTION: Imagine your audience snapping to attention during the opening of your presentation. And watch their heads nodding in approval while you deliver your close.

Do you want to electrify your listeners with a magnetic opening?

Would you like to feel the confidence of delivering a more effective close?

Get this right and you will notice immediate results in the reactions of your audience to your presentations.

Many presenters give little thought or preparation to these important parts of their presentation – the opening and the closing. Here’s how you can elevate your presentations above the competition with these simple techniques.

In this program you will discover

  • Why your opening and close are so critical to the success of your presentation
  • The stealth technique to start your presentation on the right foot every time
  • The surprisingly common and thoughtless two words to leave out of your close
  • 8 effective techniques to open your presentation more effectively
  • 8 techniques to close your presentation much stronger
  • The most damaging myth about how to open your presentation
  • Self-sabotaging words to avoid when opening your presentation
  • How to manage your body language during these critical moments
  • Why and how to end strong even when it don’t go so well
  • How to avoid the common limp close
  • And much more…

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When: Thursday February 24, 2011 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST (New York Time)

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Power Presentations Tip 47: How to be more engaging

Have you ever seen people talking to or yelling at the TV?

Why do they do that?

Because they are engaged.

How can an inanimate object like a television engage, excite and enrage viewers? Because the television message has wrenched at their emotions. The audience cheers in ecstasy, groans in disappointment or screams in anger.

It's not the TV. It's the message and the delivery that excites people.

Imagine how effective your presentations would be when your audience is mentally and emotionally engaged.

How can you make your presentation more engaging?

Pause More Often and Longer

If you want people to think or respond leave more gaps of silence in your presentation. While you are talking your audience doesn't have the opportunity to think or respond. They can only listen and attempt to process your words. In my first year university calculus class the professor wrote and talked continuously. I was too busy scribbling notes and trying to listen to be engaged. I didn't have time to think or ask questions. I failed (and hated) that class .

When you are the speaker and you pause, you demonstrate to your audience that there is room for them to feel engaged.

Ask Questions & Encourage Response

Ask questions of your audience and you immediately engage their minds. That's what you want. We are conditioned to respond to questions. When you pose a question to the audience and pause long enough they will offer answers. And if you encourage it they will do it again. Reward all answers not just the right answer. Don't say, "No, that's wrong." Instead say, "Interesting idea, who else can add to this?"

If you want to engage people don't tell them that they are wrong. Welcome their contribution.

Tell a Personal Story

When you tell a personal story you reveal something about yourself. That is engaging because we are naturally curious. Notice how gossip captures ears in the lunch room. If you tell your personal story well it will be dramatic and visual. That will create pictures in the minds of your audience. A personal story can easily be emotional. Emotions and images are the best ways to engage the minds and hearts of your audience. The best stories are ones that your au dience can relate to - so they can see themselves in your story. That's why people scream at their TVs.

Review and rehearse your personal stories. Salt your presentations with personal stories to engage your audience.

Engage your audience in your presentation.

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What if Your PowerPoint Slides Make You a Liar?

The marketing director of a well known Internet company presented us with fascinating stats about Internet use and users.

I was captivated by the numbers and percentages until he reached the graph slide in his PowerPoint presentation.

One of my colleagues raised his hand to ask a question. The presenter innocently paused to take the question and was blindsided by what happened next.

My colleague boldly announced that the graph slide was wrong. The data clusters clearly could not be true for the axis defined in the example. When this was pointed out I could see his point. The graph was bogus. The marketing director tried to recover by accepting that the “data” illustrated on the slide was indeed bogus but that it was only for illustration purposes. My colleague continued to point out that because the data represented was bogus therefore anything else the marketing director said was thus suspect.

The marketing director stumbled as he attempted to skate by the flaw and continue to use the questionable slide for his example. My colleague persisted to the point of sounding angry. The marketing director finally conceded and moved on to the next slide and announced that the bogus slide would not be used again.

I was intrigued by the exchange and the impact on the room. Most of the audience knew of my colleague’s expertise and most likely “sided” with him on the point of credibility. The dispute ruined the flow of the presentation and hurt the presenter’s credibility. The presenter first attempted to continue what was clearly a flawed example. He attempted to belittle the flaw.

Most importantly the presenter failed to do three things:

He did not thank my colleague for being so astute.

He did not apologize for the error, (attempted deception).

And because of that he failed to clarify what I suspect was an important point.

You can take a few presentation learning points from this incident.

Don’t use PowerPoint slides prepared by someone else until you understand them fully.

When you use a PowerPoint presentation prepared by someone else – the audience will hold you accountable for errors.

Never use an illustration that is not representative of reality.

Not everyone raising their hand is asking a friendly question. Be prepared for the unexpected attack during your presentation.

When you are clearly wrong – apologize to the audience and thank the person who pointed out your error.

George Torok

The Speech Coach for Executives

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Practical tips to help you deliver more effective presentations with less stress

Power Presentations Tips Vol 1 - on Kindle

Business presentations that inform, inspire and persuade

Power Presentation Tips offer you practical insights to be a more effective presenter so you can prepare and deliver successful business presentations in less time and with less stress.

Public speaking is not a natural born talent. It is a skill that can be learned and improved.

Power Presentation Tips offer you the bests ideas from George Torok, The Speech Coach for Executives. He helps business leaders deliver million dollar presentations.George Torok has coached hundreds of business leaders and trained thousands of presenters to deliver more effective business presentations.

He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations across North America in conference centers, board rooms, auditoriums, meeting rooms and once on a moving train. Don’t worry, he didn’t fall off.

In the Power Presentation Tips you get the best principles, techniques and insights to use in your business presentations.Successful presentations are not the result of luck. They happen because of the superior knowledge, techniques and skills of the presenter.

Here is what you will find inside this 16-page booklet availble on Kindle.

Table of Contents
These are the first 12 in the series of Power Presentations Tips by George Torok. These tips are published almost every second week. To receive these tips directly by email visit

Power Presentations Tip: 01 It's not about you
How to make your presentation more successful by making it about your audience

Power Presentations Tip: 02 Begin with the end in mind
How to use Stephen Covey’s first principle to start your presentation on the better road to success

Power Presentations Tip: 03 Google-ize Your Presentation
Use these three tips from Google to create a better presentation

Power Presentations Tip: 04 - Zip it, Zip it Good
When and how to use the magic of the pause to your advantage

Power Presentations Tip: 05 - Be like a talk show host
Use this simple and powerful technique to design and deliver your presentation

Power Presentations Tip: 06 - Focus on the 80%
Why you should ignore 20% of your audience and how to indentify them

Power Presentations Tip: 07: Be present when you present
How to be present when you present

Power Presentations Tip: 08: No Jokes - no kidding
Why you should not start with a joke and what to do instead

Power Presentations Tip: 09: Why do you say that?
The most important question that you need to ask yourself more often

Power Presentations Tip: 10: Emphasize key points
How to emphasize your key points

Power Presentations Tip: 11: Take your gold medal stance
A simple body language technique to look like a winner

Power Presentations Tip: 12: No - it's not okay
Verbal ticks can annoy your audience. Be aware of these and avoid themEnjoy

Power Presentations Tips
George Torok
The Speech Coach for Executives

12 Power Presentation Tips on Kindle for $0.99

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Just Because it's on the Internet Doesn't Mean you can Steal it

Don’t violate copyrights in your presentations — Gihan Perera

Playing YouTube videos during your presentations is completely against YouTube’s terms of use. We should *assume* intellectual property is protected, unless the owner explicitly says otherwise. Unfortunately, I’ve found that many speakers take the opposite approach, and assume it’s permissible to copy material until somebody points out they are violating somebody else’s intellectual property rights. I’ve seen plenty of examples of people embedding YouTube into PowerPoint, pl aying videos in a paid presentation, inserting Dilbert cartoons into their handouts, etc. — all of which are violations of the owners’ terms of use.

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Wrong introduction - but you still smile

I inwardly cringed as the introducer read the wrong introduction for my speech.

But I forced a beaming smile because I was the only one that knew it was the wrong introduction. He was still saying nice things about me and I recognized that few people listen to the introduction.

The audience and the introducer did not need to know about the error so I didn't mention it. Your audience doesn't need to hear what your inner voice is screaming.

After the introduction, I smiled as I approached the stage and opened my presentation.

The purpose of an introduction is to make the audience feel good about the speaker and topic. If they feel good they will forget what was said - especially if the speech was good.

George Torok

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