7 Ways to Increase the Effectiveness of Oral Presentations

Talking in front of a group of friends is drastically different than giving a speech to a number of co workers or colleagues in class or work. However, the basic principles that govern great communication are the same. You may not be aware of it when using them in everyday conversations, but they really come quite naturally to anyone. This article will give you an overview on how you can understand and leverage these skills you already have!

1. Use Body Language- Effectively using hand motions or gestures when talking is a crucial aspect of oral presentations. Most people are too nervous to do more than stand or switch feet while presenting, but if you just imagine talking to close friends it all becomes more natural and you won’t be so fearful.

2. Be Firm- When talking to your friends, you usually don’t have doubts or speak softly, right? So why do so in a presentation? Talk with a strong voice and make sure your face expresses confidence in what you’re saying.

3. Avoid Reading from Notes- Having a few note cards is alright, but don’t rely on them to do the talking for you. Make sure you have a good grasp of what you’re going to say before the speech even arrives, and then get up and say it!

4. Keep The Audience’s Attention- This is something you also have experience doing with friends, and that can easily be accomplished with other groups of people. Keeping the focus on you can seem challenging depending on the environment, but it’s not nearly as difficult as it seems. If you through in a relevant interlude, and react to what’s happening with the audience or perhaps ask the audience to chime in with their opinion on a part of your topic, then it becomes easier to be heard.

5. Use Humor- Humorous anecdotes sprinkled throughout your oral presentation can keep the audience awake and focused on you as well.

6. Utilize visual aids- Hand outs and diagrams or charts, if allowed and prepared well, are great ways to get your audience not only interacting, but interested in what you have to say much more than if you simply talked to them. This is just the same as when you explain a story to a family member or friend and mime it out with things around you.

7. Know When to Stop Talking- Everyone whose ever said the wrong thing will probably be good with this one- if you know how to speak well and explain your views, then chances are you won’t get antagonistic looks. If you are badly received by your audience, however, you should know when to call it quits and wrap things up. Alternatively, you can keep talking but change things up and make them a bit more fun for the audience.

As you can see, communication as a whole relies a lot on these basic things, and you can become a better presenter if you learn to utilize every day methods of getting your point across in formal speeches. These tips will hopefully get you off on the right foot when you’re giving a speech.

How To Find What Is Already Present

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. -Helen Keller

The signal to the satellite had gone out, and after it was restored, I couldn’t get the sound to come back on.

I tried everything I could think of, and finally called the company for help. The young man said gently, “I don’t want to offend you, but have you checked to see if the volume is turned up?”

My initial split-second response was to say, “Of course I have” until I realized that I hadn’t, and as I pushed the volume control up, magically the sound reappeared.

I couldn’t find my notebook that I had stored in my supply closet. I knew it was there, but even with extensive searching, I couldn’t find it. Finally, I described the notebook to Del and asked him to find it for me. Within seconds, he reached in and pulled it out.

I was looking for a tube of lotion that I knew I had purchased. I looked where I thought I had put it along with every other place I could think of, but I couldn’t find it.

Finally, I decided I must not have bought the tube after all, so purchased another. Putting it away in the place it belonged, I saw the other tube right beside it. Yes, it had been there all along, but the end of the box was a different color than I remembered so I didn’t see it.

Last spring I never put my rolling greenhouse out because I had to paint the deck first and that is where I always put it. However, it rained so often all spring; I didn’t get the deck painted until summer, too late for the greenhouse. Later I realized that the greenhouse could have gone many other places.

I make ice tea by putting 4 cups of water in a measuring cup, microwaving it, and then add tea bags. I didn’t make any for a few days because that measuring cup was dirty. Finally, it dawned on me that I could just make 2 cups for the day in the other measuring cup.

All these have one thing in common – perception – blind perception or a locked in paradigm of thinking and perceiving.

Just a few examples, but it happens every day, all day, in everything we do and expect.

Recognizing that perception is what determines what we experience in the world, it becomes crystal clear that it is always perception that we are shifting, not another person, or place, or thing.

What we perceive with our senses is only what we have first perceived and believed to be true.

We all make light of the beauty queen who answers, “World peace” when asked what she wants, but we do the same thing. We want world peace, bigger homes, more cash, and more love, so we look for ways to satisfy those desires.

If we can’t even find a tube of lotion that is already present, when the memory of what it looks like is faulty, or our state of mind is blocking the seeing of a notebook that is right in front of our face, then how do we expect to find these big things without shifting out of perceptions, behaviors, and habits?

It is obviously that we have to shift our perception out of what we think and perceive, and into a new paradigm in order to see what is already present.

There are two approaches to making this shift. One might work, but will only last a short time and in specific circumstances. The other always works and always lasts.

The approach that works and lasts is the one that sets thinking and perceiving in a strong scientific foundation. This foundation starts with only One presence, and that one is the intelligent Mind and we are Its thoughts.

This doesn’t make a lick of sense to the human mind.

But, it is not our human mind that knows and understands the Truth of our Being anyway. It’s the connection and knowing within that verifies to us that we are not our human mind, body, or life. And no matter what we call this One intelligent Mind, It is all-good, all-present, all-power, and all-knowing.

Beginning with this premise as our foundation, what appears as our human ability to perceive what is already present – expands.

If we choose the alternative path – short term, gotta make myself better, have some positive thinking, control this with my will, make it happen kind of perception – we are in for some good times, and some bad ones because we will have never left the human belief mind set where good and bad battle it out forever.

Within the foundation of divine perception, we are never looking for something, or a person or a situation we have to fix. Instead, we are dedicated to letting go of how we think it is, or want it is to be, and to allowing the Light of the One to shine as our lives.

This will reveal what is already present, and always practical.

While strolling through the garden early one evening I noticed a small, round, black object. Picking it up, I realized it was the lens cap to our camera. I carried it back into the house, where Del had just started looking for it.

This is a small, but perfect example that all we ever need is present before we ask. It’s one of those spiritual laws found within the foundation of only One Mind, and it is Love.

Therefore, although we are all looking for world peace, we will only find its permanent presence when we seek and act within the divine consciousness of Love.

And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Isa 65: 24

Choosing A Wedding Present

When a family member or a friend gets married, it is very important that you congratulate him and make him feel how happy you are for him. While mere words of congratulations would suffice for this purpose, it is even better to relay your best wishes through a gift that a newly wed couple will be certain to appreciate. The question, however, remains. What wedding present will you give?

Getting a gift for someone can be quite difficult. Both the occasion and the receiver should be taken into consideration when choosing a gift. Thus when you are grappling with the task of selecting just the perfect gift to give your friend or relative on his day of days, you should think about your decision really carefully.

It Is for a Wedding

Though you know that you’re buying a wedding present, it is still better to constantly remind yourself of that fact. You may be tempted to buy your relative or friend something that you know he’s really going to like, say new surfboarding gear or a new coat. Remember, your relative or friend may like your gift, but it is hardly appropriate as a wedding gift. Such gifts are better given for special occasions like birthdays or Christmases. Weddings require gifts that both the bride and the groom will appreciate.

To help you out, there are specialty stores which cater to this need. Some stores have specially marked wedding gift sections and the items they contain are a suggestion in themselves. You can also ask your friend’s or relative’s parents or close friends about the wedding registry information. This way, you can be sure to give a wedding gift that the couple is sure to like.