Soft Skills Training
The way we present, facilitate, or communicate to a group is vitally important. Here are the top ten (10) principles that will make a difference.
Start on time-Don’t waste people’s time! Those who arrived on time deserve to have the program start when it’s scheduled, it’s not fair to make them wait
Project your voice-There is nothing worse than a speaker you can’t hear. Even if you are using a microphone, make sure you can be heard
Great speeches are told through stories-If your presentation is over 30 minutes long, explain your topic through short stories, quotes, and anecdotes. Excellent speakers know just how to use a story to create an emotional connection
There is a 10-20-30 Rule when it comes to PowerPoint presentations. Recognizing that all presentation won’t fit this theory however, this is the rule of thumb.
- Have no more than 10 slides
- Make your presentation no more than 20 minutes
- Make your font no smaller than 30 point
Entertaining-A great speech is entertaining and informative. People expect some appeal to their emotions. Without passion and a little humor people are less likely to give you their full attention
Don’t tell the what… tell the why. Always be answering “why” it makes for a much more fascinating presentation
Have Confidence-The audience should know that you are well prepared, passionate about what you are saying, and that they are going to learn something from you.
Use the power of silence- Use silence to own the room throughout the presentation and to let the audience know you’re in charge
Be the expert-You’re here to tell the audience what’s most important, which information matters the most, and where they should focus their attention.
End early-You don’t want the last thing your audience remembers is that you held them longer than expected. That’s one of the worst thing a speaker can do.