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Public speaking: top tips to deliver a presentation with impact

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Public speaking: top tips to deliver a presentation with impact Andrea Stewart Centre for Tropical Medicine & Global Health, Nuffield Department of Medicine, Medical Sciences Vicky Pearson Public Affairs Directorate 31 October 2016Did you feel cool, calm and collected?Or stressed out?Exercise: Remember one of your experiences of speaking in public. Think of two words or short phrases that describe what you remember about the it?Why is that? Source: Washington PostExercise: Think of good and bad presentations you’ve seen. Talk with your neighbours about what worked, what didn’t and how you felt as an audience member.A good example… ingredients • Keep it simple: short attention spans • Emotion: something personal / memorable e.g. funny, sad, surprising • Images – lots • Time keeping • Be positivePrepare yourself • Plan: create a structure for your presentation: beginning, middle and end • Know your audience: who, age, expertise, languages … tailor • Include in your notes: SLOW DOWN or BREATHE • Practice your presentation: time yourself 1) Out loud on your own (record / video if possible) 2) In front of a friend / colleagueBody language • Smile and use hand gestures: engages your audience and releases those ‘happy’ hormones e.g. dopamine • Eye contact: look around • Move around: or sit down if it’s more appropriatePower poses? Some research, like that co-authored by Amy Cuddy of the Harvard Business School (there’s a TED Talk if you’re interested) suggests that our posture actually affects how we feel – standing in so called ‘power poses’ for as little as two minutes, even if you don’t actually feel confident, can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the blood and change how confident we feel. Cuddy suggests, for example, standing 2 minutes in a power pose before giving a presentation to help boost your confidence. Of course, in the cut throat world of academia, these conclusions have been questioned and one of the report’s original three authors Dana Carney has subsequently said the claims are nonsense But there is absolutely no doubt that body language is a crucial part of communication.Tips for keeping calm • Go for a walk: 10 minutes of fresh air to clear your head up to an hour beforehand • Visualise: somewhere calming • Deep ‘belly’ breaths: count 3,2,1 relax, relax, relax • Place a back-up question: in the audienceThe golden rules Think about whether your Compose yourself Familiarise yourself with the attire suits the event room Don’t get stuck behind the Stick to time (and your Smile and enjoy yourself lectern – move around timing)What not to do to avoid Death by PowerPoint Including…. The occasional ‘um’ or ‘er’ is normal but too much gets distracting …or your slides Just reading from your notes…“I’m not Barack Obama. I’m not Bill Clinton. Both of them carry themselves with a naturalness that is very appealing to audiences. But I’m married to one and I’ve worked for the other, so I know how hard they work at being natural. It’s not something they just dial in. They work and they practice what they’re going to say. It's not that they're trying to be somebody else. But it's hard work... to present yourself in the best possible way.”Practice makes perfect… In groups of 4-6: Each person in turn speak for 1 minute about their holiday. After each speaker, take 1 minute to provide constructive feedback. Agree 1 person to report back to the group on the 2 key things your group learned.