Good presentation skills are required in several fields of business life, mostly in leader positions. Performing in front of hundreds of people with a piercing stare can be a huge challenge to most of us. Aptitude is not enough; we have to be aware of the basic formal, content and personal requirements of an impressive speech.
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1. Know your audience
You can’t just turn up, stand up and hope for the best. You need to understand where people are sitting, how they are dressed, how old they are, the balance of men and women, and the mood of the occasion. I spoke at a function of the metal trade the night after 9/11, and I have spoken for companies where there have recently been redundancies.
Effective communication is based on trust, and if we don’t trust the speaker, we’re not going to listen to their words. Trust begins with eye contact because we need to see the person’s face to evaluate if they are being deceitful or not. In fact, when we are being watched, cooperation increases. (link is external) When we are not being watched, people tend to act more selfishly, with greater dishonesty. (link is external)