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Speaking Training on Advanced Presentation Skills
Hold onto your hat - these are some super-sophisticated
This highly advanced staging technique is rarely
taught in any public speaking training.
means pre-designating specific places on the stage
where you will attach certain moods or meaning.
For example, you may have a spot on the stage
where you'll stand to deliver most of your presentation,
another spot where you'll use humor, and another
spot on the stage where you'll reveal secrets.
You'd only use humor "on the humor spot" and
that conditions the audience to expect humor as
you move to that location. This is a highly sophisticated
method of controlling the mood of your group.
The 4-Mat Technique:
This is a sophisticated presentation skills technique
that covers the 4 major ways that people absorb
Break your topic into 4 sections in this order:
Why this topic is important, facts data and statistics
on your topic, how your audience can use the info
you're covering, and finally go into "what if"
scenarios and ask the group if they have any questions.
The order and flow is "why, what, how, what if".
It's very powerful if you can deliver a presentation
without PowerPoint and without any notes whatsoever.
People are very impressed when presenters can
get up and do an entire presentation without any
handouts or notes.
Take each major section of your presentation
and assemble a "memory map" in your mind. Create
a specific and distinct picture for each section
and visualize those pictures in an orderly collage
in your mind that you can easily refer to.
The more unusual the pictures, the more easily
you'll remember them.
The "Inevitable Conclusion Presentation":
If you want to persuade or sell when you do public
speaking, it's most powerful if your audience
decides by themselves to take the action you want
them to take.
Rather than hammer them with why you want them
to take the action you desire, simply present
them with an overwhelming mountain of evidence
proving why this action is the right action to
Because they decide in their own mind to take
that action you don't have to "sell them".
Handling Hostile Questions:
First of all, never cater to or spend time on
the sour-grapes person. They're just a waste of
Here's 2 ways to handle the hostile questioner:
1. Ignore them.
You're not under any obligation to answer their
2. Shut them down:
Say "I won't be taking questions like that during
my presentation so you can see me later if you
want to talk about that more." The group will
side with you because they will see this hostile
person as disruptive. After your talk you can
still put them off and tell them to email you
or call you later which they most likely will
never do. Be polite but firm.