On Preparing for Speeches…

A member of the Cabinet congratulated Wilson on introducing the vogue of short speeches and asked him about the time it took him to prepare his speeches. He said: “It depends. If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.”

President WOODROW WILSON.
—Josephus Daniels, The Wilson Era; Years of War and After, 1917–1923, p. 624 (1946).

What’s the Point?

What’s the Point? October 2020

The first question is “What do I want my listeners to think, feel, and/or do differently when I am done?” Do you want them to change their position on an issue? Do you want them to get excited about your cause? Do you want them to take some sort of action? Be specific here.

Next, ask yourself, “What is the purpose of my presentation? Given my answer to the first question, what does that mean I have to do in my speech?”

Bill Brown, DTM, Toastmasters Magazine, October 2020

6 Presentation Mistakes Every Professional Should Avoid

6 Presentation Mistakes Every Professional Should Avoid

See, for the past four years, I’ve flown all over the world to bring Duarte methodology to companies via our storytelling workshops.

When I started, I assumed every company would have its own set of problems. So, I began every workshop by asking attendees to jot down presentation challenges at their company. Turns out I was wrong. People across all companies repeatedly make the same presentation mistakes. It doesn’t matter what industry, the age of the company, or the caliber of employees, a bad presentation is bad for the same reasons.

MIKE PACCHIONE

My research experience: The Way of the Tao

It was an exciting evening for me as I looked through a number of google pages trying to understand and simplify the information.

I learned many key concepts and started to build an agenda in my mind. What is Taoism? Who were the masters? How to implement it? What are some of the beliefs?

As I looked to fill in the blanks in my mind, I was understanding more about the topic and also got ideas for my ppt. at the same time which strengthened my concepts even further

The key to present a research topic is to understand a foreign concept, make it your own and present to the audience in a simple way which keeping in mind that they don’t have any idea about it. This makes it easy to present and you don’t have to memorize all the words and phrases.

In about 3 hours I had the key concepts noted, detailed notes typed for each slide and slides designed the way I had imagined them to be and always wanted to have a nice flowy artistic touch feel to it.

More than my speech, I was very excited to present my creation, my slides with everyone and see their reaction and get their overall feedback.

That excitement to share with audience and wanting them to understand the concept as well as you do is critical, your interest in the topic is extremely critical.

I hope everyone chooses a topic they like and look forward to present it with the same excitement and conviction as I did!

Best Regards,

Madhura

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