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8 Things To Demonstrate Effective Presentation Skills - The Intangibles - By Gail Kasper

Gail Kasper is an Author, Television Host, Certified Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker.


A good and effective presentation should have three important things: substance, style and appropriate supporting materials. If you have these factors in place, your presentation will achieve it's goal, to educate, inform, and entertain.


Here are a few tips to help you with your next presentation.


1. Be well organized.  You have to be very well prepared and organized. Your presentation has to flow in a clear, logical sequence.  All your major points should connect in a logical and orderly manner.  This means preparation!  Or as Gail Kasper would say, "Extraordinary Preparation!"


2. Passion.  Often practice will help your voice reach optimal flow.  Your voice modulation, speech emphasis, and pace are all-important factors and should be well practiced beforehand. 


3.  Be direct.  You should be clear, concise, and to the point with proper detail and explanation accordingly.  Your audience, when they walk away, should be able to remember and understand the key points.


4.  Self confidence.  This is easier said than done.  One of the greatest challenges in life is speaking in front of a group.  Practice will, in fact, help your confidence.  You have to express yourself with credibility and certainty.  


5.  Sincerity.  You have to be sincere.  This goes together with being confident. You must come across to your audience as a person with care and concern.  Insecurities can bring out monsters and portray a false confidence and arrogance.  If you be truthful and real, you will never go wrong.


6.  Who is your audience?  You want to be able to relate well to your audience.  Who are they?  What age, demographic, job position?  You have to understand your audience, and put across your message in a way that promotes a good learning environment.  Your presentation should be useful and relevant to them.


7.  Demonstrate Enthusiasm!  Enthusiasm is powerful.  You must love what you are talking about, even if it's business! You have to sound interested in what you are saying.


8.  Use of Visual Aids.  Visual aids are important to support your presentation.  They enhance your presentation and can be used as a visual for talking points. Scientific studies have shown that people absorb more information from pictures and visuals - 55% of the information we absorb is visual. The use of relevant and catchy pictures to drive home your points or color can make a huge difference in attention.


Above all, don't forget to listen.  You have to be observant and conscious of your audience's receptivity and make adjustments along the way.  In this way, you will always be successful in delivering effective presentation skills!


About Gail Kasper:

Mid-1998, Gail Kasper started her business from a  small one-bedroom apartment, with no money and no clients. Today, Gail  is the host of the late-night television show Raw Reality, one of the  nation's leading speakers, author, Top 1% Club Mentor, advice  columnist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Ms. Continental America 2008,  and the creator of SAD-T™ (Systematic Attitude Development- Technique™). A former Contributing Editor to Success Magazine with the  "Ask Gail" column and host of the "Ask Gail" segment on the Comcast  morning show, Gail is the author of her self-help autobiography  Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment To Total Empowerment and the self-help parable Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps  To Achieve Your Goals. With national media appearances that include  Inside Edition, The Today Show, FOX Business News, and Oprah and  Friends, Gail has earned the ranking of an in-demand national media  personality who has been the topic of discussion on Regis and Kelly.  Also, the current host of the Philadelphia Visitors Channel, she has  also made numerous appearances on network affiliates that include ABC,  FOX, CW11, Comcast, and CBS, where she co-hosted the Emmy award- winning America's TVJobNetwork.


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