Saturday, October 05, 2013

4 Important Gestures to Improve Your Body Language While Presenting!

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Positive body language: The Do’s
eye contact

1.    Eye Contact
Eye contact is used to keep audiences' attention. Facial expressions you show to audiences should be natural and friendly. Some gestures like raising eyebrows to show surprise, Opening eyes wide, squinting eyes & Curling eyebrows will help you to involve audiences in your presentation.

2.    The Hands
The hands gives lots of possibilities to emphasize, to enumerate & to express sincerity. Always be conscious of what you do with your hands. If you are unhappy, hold notes or cards to occupy them, because hands express a lot. Arm movements should be back and forth to suggest flow. Opened arms express that you are including or welcoming the ideas.

3.    Body Movement
Body movement generally used to indicate a change of focus, to keep the audience's attention on you. Moving forward indicates that you are emphasizing. Moving to side indicate a transition gesture. Up and down head motions indicate importance or acknowledgement. Pen or pointer indicates part, place (on a transparency)

4.    Posture

You should stand straight but relaxed so that you feel better when you are presenting. Do not slouch or lean sideways, lean forward to emphasize. Your hands should not be in pockets.

Read: Precautions While Writing Your Presentation Script
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Friday, September 27, 2013

Top 11 Awesome Google Tricks

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On the occasion of 15th Birthday of Google, I would like to share some secrets of Google. That is called Easter Eggs.
These are some Mind Blowing Tricks on google that will roll you out.

Google Barrel Roll

Google Barrel Roll

Searching for "do a barrel roll" at Google or for "z or r twice" produces a dynamically spinning view of the search site.



Google Off Kilter


Google Off Kilter

A Google search for “tilt” or “askew” yields an appropriately off-kilter view of the search site.


Google 42 Search

Google 42 Search

Ask Google the answer to the question of life, the universe, and everything and, in a tribute to "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," you'll get the number 42.


Google Gravity Search

Google Gravity

The Google Gravity chrome experiment by Mr. Doob is amusing--especially since the search page still works, with new search results piling up.



Google Blue Moon Search

Blue Moon

How often does the world experience a blue moon? Google Calculator results in Google search knows and will tell you.


Google Pirate Interface

Google Pirate

Buccaneers or those sailing under a letter of marque might feel more comfortable with Google's Pirate interface. There's one for the Muppets' Swedish Chef, too.



Google Hacker Interface

Google Hacker

Want to experience Google through a l33t interface? Try the Google Hacker page.



Self-Absorbed LMGTFY

Let Me Google That For You

This isn't a Google Easter egg, and maybe isn't even an Easter egg at all. Instead it's with the sarcasm-laden Let Me Google That For You site, which people can use when others ask them silly questions easily answered with a search engine. This particular cached LMGTFY page, though, sets things off in an unending loop of reloading.


Festivus

Festivus

It’ll show an aluminium pole running down on the left side of the search results in recognition to the holiday “Festivus”. Also, before the number of search results, there is “A festivus miracle!”


Zerg Rush

Zerg Rush

This one is one of my favourites from Google search! Searching for “zerg rush” will display the results page with ‘O’s attacking the search results from all the directions! Clicking each ‘O’ three times will kill it. You have to kill all the ‘O’s and save the search results from getting destroyed! (LOL)




Atari Breakout

Atari Breakout

The page will bring up the standard results of images relating to that term. Once the page loads completely, the images then automatically shrink and colorize to resemble the squares in the famous Atari video game “Brick Breaker.”



 So these are the most awesome tricks. Don't forget play candy game on Google Doodle. Enjoy!

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

12 Ways You Can Look More Confident Than You Feel

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1.    Overcome your fears
Your knees may be shaking and your stomach may be looking for the nearest exit, but your audience doesn't have to know! This column's for you if you're facing your first audience or are trying to rebuild your confidence after a botched first attempt.
The twelve steps that I follow are based on my own experiences as a management student. They can help you make the transition from audience to presenter. A transition that can make a major and lasting contribution to your self-esteem.
 
2.    Acknowledge your fears
Don't feel that you're the first, or only person to fear public speaking. You're in good company. Fear of public speaking is the Number One fear people share, even people we think of as "successful." Remember that the primary difference between those in the audience and those in the front of the room is that presenters have learned how to master their fear instead of letting it master them.

3.    Respect your knowledge
Be proud of the fact that you have been asked (or told) to make a presentation. If your seniors or your colleagues didn't have confidence in you or felt your audience wouldn't be interested in what you had to say, you wouldn't be standing in front of the room! Accept their confidence and build on it!
 Remember that your message is "new" to your audience. Your audience doesn't know what you're going to say. View your presentation as an opportunity to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with others.



4.    Prepare your own visuals
Confidence comes from knowledge. Preparing your own slides or overheads forces you to master your subject. Your confidence improves to the degree that you approach the title of every visual as an argument and every word and chart on that visual as an opportunity to support that argument. Your confidence also increases to the extent that you take the time to reorganize your presentation.
Your confidence also increases to the extent that you're proud of the appearance of your visuals. After preparing well-argued, good-looking visuals, you'll look forward to your presentation because it will provide as an opportunity to share your visuals with others. If you believe in your message and are proud of your visuals, your audience will pick-up on your enthusiasm and your presentation will be off to a roaring start.
 
5.    Practice simplicity
Confidence grows to the extent that you keep your presentation visuals as simple as possible. This forces you to interpret them to your audience in an enthusiastic, conversational tone rather than "reading" them, which is a quick route to boredom for all concerned. Let slides and overheads provide the framework, not the essence, of your presentation. Explain your visuals to your audience. Explain how each word supports your argument and the significance of each chart element. Confidence comes from talking, not reciting!

6.    Anticipate objections
Review your presentation from your audience's point of view. Try to locate holes in your arguments. When you identify weak points, return to your presentation and provide additional data.
Nothing disarms an objection better than a presenter who smiles mischievously and says: "I'm glad you asked that!" and proceeds to confidently address the objection!

7.    Familiarize yourself with the presentation environment
Arrive early and test out all equipment. Locate the room lighting switches and find out how to smoothly raise and lower lighting levels. (Draft an assistant, if necessary.) Focus the slide projector before the audience arrives and familiarize yourself with its remote control. Know how to locate and insert replacement projector bulbs if case they're needed. Check sound levels. . If you are using a wireless microphone, find out how to turn it off and where the "hot spots" (i.e. ceiling-mounted speakers) in the room are. These can cause loud feedback if you talk while standing beneath them. It’ll increase your efficiency during presentation.
8.    Introduce yourself to your audience
Welcome your audience as they enter the room. This creates a comfort zone for you and your audience. By introducing yourself to your audience, you become a likable, vulnerable human rather than an authority figure to be challenged. Likewise, you'll become more confident if you view your audience as a collection of individuals rather than a "mob."

9.    Prepare a written introduction
If someone else is going to introduce you, never depend on them to say the right things. There are several reasons for this:
Experience. In many cases you are probably a more experienced speaker than the individual introducing you. If you're introduced by a nervous speaker, their nervousness will quickly spread to you and your audience.
Facts. Nobody knows as much about you as you do, nor do they know which aspects of your background to emphasize. The speaker introducing you may get your name wrong or, worse, credit you with writing books you may not have even read! This forces you to begin your presentation by apologetically correcting the speaker, projecting an unfriendly, unprofessional image.
Take the time to prepare a single-paragraph written introduction. Begin by writing "I am very pleased to be presenting (your name).” Follow this by a few short sentences listing a few of your most important credentials. Conclude by saying: "And now, it is my pleasure to introduce (your name)"
Print this simple paragraph in large type. Make two copies. Send or fax one in advance of your presenter and be sure to bring another with you.

10.                       Start on time
Unless absolutely necessary, never delay the start of your presentation. Start on time. There are several reasons for this:
Do not start with an apology. Delaying the start of your presentation to accommodate latecomers is not only an insult to those who made the effort to arrive on time, it forces you to begin your presentation on an apologetic note. Instead of starting with a bang, you starting with an apologetic whimper, i.e. "I think we'll wait a few more minutes to see if anyone else shows up." This apology also projects your worry that additional audience members may not show up.
Reduces stress. Your nervousness is at a peak just before your presentation begins. Do yourself a favor and begin on time. Once you begin your presentation, your nervousness will disappear as you begin to enthusiastically develop your points one-by-one. The more you delay, however, the more time you have to be nervous.
11.                       Project to your supporters
Locate "allies" as you introduce yourself to your audience and as you observe your audience during your presentation; notice how some people smile, nod their head or take notes. Project to them. Let them build your confidence. Acceptance creates confidence. Accepting a "nod of confidence" on Point One provides a foundation which will help you make an even better presentation of Point Two!
12.                       Avoid prejudging your performance
If there's one thing I've learned from my experience of competitions: it's impossible to predict the success of your presentation; as determined by the acceptance of your ideas or participant evaluations, from your analysis of audience response during your presentation. Sometimes, the quietest, most apathetic audiences turn in the most positive evaluations (and sometimes the most involved audiences turn in the most critical evaluations).



You're likely to lose confidence if you allow your perception of your audience's reaction to demoralize you during your presentation. So, just do your best! Let the evaluations fall where they may. If you're satisfied with your performance, your audience is likely to be, too. Sometimes a quiet audience is reflecting on the wisdom of what you're saying ("How could anyone ever know so much and express it so well?" they may be thinking) and sometimes the member of the audience who you think is disagreeing with you is simply trying to exercise a stiff neck!
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Four Elements That a Good Presentation Must Have!

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Presentations are the best way of communicating ideas and information to a group. A presentation carries the speaker's personality better and allows immediate interaction between all the participants.

A good presentation contains at least four elements:



Content

It contains information that people need. Presentations must account for how much information the audience can absorb in one sitting.


Structure

It has a logical beginning, middle, and end. It must be sequenced and paced so that the audience can understand it. Whereas reports have appendices and footnotes to guide the reader, the speaker must be careful not to lose the audience when wandering from the main point of the presentation.


Packaging

It must be well prepared. A report can be reread and portions skipped over, but with a presentation, the audience is at the mercy of a presenter.


Human Element



A good presentation will be remembered much more than a good report because it has a person attached to it. However, you must still analyse the audience's needs to determine if they would be better met if a report was sent instead.

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