“We humans have been around in our present form for 20,000 years. If you envision those years along the length of a yardstick, written language will have appeared on the last 2/3rds of an inch, and widespread literacy on the last 16th of the final inch.
Human groups have always made important decisions based on the spoken word.”
I came across this excellent list of tips put together by Sims Wyeth and quoted in Eric Schurenburg’s blog posting, “10 Zen Ways to Nail Your Next Presentation“. Wyeth’s point is that having an audience to witness your performance is the best way to inspire action since you are marketing to a roomful, not just an individual.
Schurenburg read Wyeth’s (a highly skilled presenter) book “A Zen Monk Has Sweaty Palms” which contains 51 tips on how to become a superb presenter yourself.
There are several that appeal to me. Have a look at:
2) The less you try to impress your listeners with your knowledge, the more they respect you for your expertise.
8) Good presentations are like rivers, bad ones like canals.
9) Control their eyes.
Take a look…….