With 2016 coming to the end, I thought I’d share the top blog posts of the year based on traffic and social media shares.
Top Presentation Blog Posts of 2016
1. What Do I Wear for My Presentation? (Top Search & Most Retweets)
When I work with my clients, there is a list of priorities to manage. As we’re wrapping things up, nearly every client, regardless of gender, solo presenter, or team presentation, asks the same questions, “What do I wear to my presentation?”
I’m not a fashion expert, so usually I’m just the voice of reason or a sounding board. However, over the years, I’ve been asked this numerous times, and it always makes me laugh a bit.
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2. How Much Does a Presentation Coach Cost? (Second Most Searched)
When I meet someone for the first time and say that I’m a presentation coach, usually their response is flattering, and they talk how needed a public speaking coach is for businesses because they’ve seen a lot of bad, boring presentations. Almost always, they then ask, “How much does a presentation coach cost?”
The answer really varies by market and based on the presentation coach’s experience; however, you’re usually looking at $2,000-10,000. I know that is a broad range and the price also varies depending on the scope of work. Some coaches charge per day, others by the presentation, and some charge a monthly rate. It is not uncommon to see a public speaking consultant charge $2,500 for a half-day session, plus travel costs. Regions like the Northeast United States and in major metro areas like San Francisco and Chicago, things cost more for coaching. In those areas, you probably have a coach nearby that doesn’t require travel per diems.
I find the price varies wildly because a lack of standardization in the marketplace and because most public speaking coaches do not coach full time. Many coaches fall into one of three categories.
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3. Sitting Presentations – 8 Things You Need To Know (Top Search & Most Aha Moments)
Different types of presentations obviously have different requirements. The majority of presentations go better when they are delivered standing up, but there are presentations that require a presenter to sit or would be received better when the presenter sits, such as a webinar.Sitting presentations have their benefits and drawbacks, but if the need to sit for presentation arises, here are 8 great tips.
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4. How Much Time Should I Spend Preparing for a Presentation? The Presentation Time Breakdown (Top 5 Most Searched & Lots of Emails About It)
I get this question from audience members nearly every time I present – how much time should I spend to prepare for my presentation? Although it really depends on your presenting skills and comfort level with the information you’re sharing, I do have some rules of thumb when it comes to presentation practice. I call it the Speak Simple Presentation Time Breakdown.
For every hour you present, you want to spend 10x that preparing! Preparing your presentation includes your strategy, brainstorm, outline, walk through, visual aid, practice, dress rehearsal, and even your debrief afterward. When you break out the steps, my 10x suggestion sounds more realistic. Unfortunately, most people spend a 1:1 ratio or less.Many speakers spend less than an hour to create a visual aid for their hour long presentation, and they skip the strategy and have no rehearsal either. I see this as disrespectful to your audience who gives up a lot to attend your presentation.
5. My 10 BEST Tips for Female Presenters to Rock It (Most Shared on LinkedIn & Facebook)
It has been my experience and observation that women presenters tend to be more reserved and self-conscious. Female presenters tend to overthink everything and strive for perfection, even when perfection doesn’t exist. It’s a combination of things that make it more difficult for female presenters to begin, much less finish, a presentation. I have put together my list of advice that female presenters need to know.
Don’t let self-doubt creep in. Women are infamous for self-doubting their capabilities and shrivel at the thought of stepping in front of other people to talk. This doubt leads to feelings of inability to perform and allows the mind to wonder how listeners will judge and criticize. Women can do everything that men can do, and sometimes better, you just have to trust yourself that you know your subject matter and are extremely qualified to give this presentation.
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A little lagniappe (New Orleans for “extra”) – my top guide is 18 Ways to Maximize ROI with Thought Leadership Presentations.
Whether you call them thought leadership presentations, content marketing presentations, or subject matter expert presentations — presentations are an excellent way to showcase your expertise and gain visibility in front of key prospects. However, most professionals squander their opportunities to speak and never see a real return on their time.
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How Speak Simple Can Help You
Win more work, increasing your billing rate, and prospects coming to you are all results of being an excellent presenter. Erica Olson created Speak Simple to help technical professionals to become comfortable presenting and excel at each presentation, whether a bid presentation or an educational, content marketing presentation. Learn more about Speak Simple’s flagship program is SpeakU, a self-guided presentation training program.