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7 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Trailer

    • 2. Understanding Fear

    • 3. The Power of Perception

    • 4. Knowing Your Audience

    • 5. Opening a Talk Online or Offline

    • 6. Closing a Talk Online or Offline

    • 7. Lessons from the TED 10 Commandments


Project Description

Present and deliver an incredible presentation

Presenting with Calm

  1. Practice your delivery

    The best way to get over your anxiety of public speaking is to practice, practice, practice.

    I want you to get in front of a mirror or camera (this would be ideal) and watch and record yourself. You can even collaborate and share it with others here.

    The Goal: Practice at least 7-8 times.



    Public Speaking: Fear vs. Anxiety

    How to Combat Presentation Anxiety


First Impressions

  1. Upgrade Your Wardrobe

    Is it time to go shopping? Does your attire truly represent the brand that pays your bills? If you’re a suit brand, wear a suit. If you’re a hip brand, wear something trendy. Upgrade if needed. But never bling.


  2. Create a Back-up Plan

    Do you have a Plan A, B, C, and D? If not, you need to create one right now. 

    Here are some tips:

    • Have a back-up of your deck in the cloud (i.e. DropBox)
    • Make sure you have a PDF version
    • Save a version on your tablet and phone


  1. Determine the story you need to tell

    Before you start a talk, prepare opportunities for engaging with your audience. Answer these six questions through your presentation.

    1. Who am I talking to?
    2. What keeps them up at night?
    3. How can I mold my content to best reach them?
    4. How can I get them to participate with me?
    5. What do I need them to do next?
    6. What story do I need to tell?

     How to Build Credibility with Your Audience

Openings and Closings

  1. Choose your open


    I want you to choose how you plan to open your next presentation using of the discussed approaches.

    Perhaps you will use Silence to captivate your audience. Or you can go the Story route and engage our audience through quotes, questions, and shared experiences.

    Which ever way you go, prospective/retrospective is always a powerful tactic.

  2. Choose your close


    I want you to choose how you plan to close your next presentation using of the discussed approaches.

    Circle Back Give your audience an opportunity to recall all of the information you covered.

    Build up to Something Use your narrative to fulfill expectations

    Grand Vision State your vision, pull back, the deliver the ultimate resolution.

    Always have a Call to Action.


Final Thoughts from TED

  1. Follow the ten commandments
    1. Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick.
    2. Thou Shalt Dream a Great Dream, or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing, Or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared Before.
    3. Thou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and Thy Passion
    4. Thou Shalt Tell a Story.
    5. Thou Shalt Freely Comment on the Utterances of Other Speakers for the Sake of Blessed Connection and Exquisite Controversy.
    6. Thou Shalt Not Flaunt Thine Ego. Be Thou Vulnerable. Speak of thy Failure as well as thy Success.
    7. Thou Shalt Not Sell from the Stage: Neither thy Company, the Goods, thy Writings nor thy Desperate need for Funding; Lest Thou be Cast Aside into Outer Darkness.
    8. Thou Shalt Remember all the while: Laughter is Good.
    9. Thou Shalt Not Read thy Speech.
    10. Thou Shalt Not Steal the Time of Them that Follow Thee. 

    Please take a look at the attached. In the days ahead, I want you to evaluate yourself and your presentation using the "Fire & Ice" criteria.

  2. Share!

    Jump into the discussion and project forums. Talk about your presentation experience! Jump in before to chat about preparation. Jump in after to talk about how it went. We want to hear your story!


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