Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve and Inspire Your Audience to Action
This book shows experienced presenters how to transform
boring monologues into scintillating dialogues by employing simple yet powerful
presentation techniques. It features 90-plus practical techniques for engaging
and interacting with an audience. Drawing from her extensive experience as a
nationally recognised speaker, the author gives readers tips that apply to any
presenter. Readers will be amazed at their ability to attract, involve, and
inspire by incorporating just a few of the author's suggestions. It offers a
proven methodology for upgrading any presentation. By taking a collaborative
approach to the communication process, the author shows the reader how to care,
connect, and converse with the members of any audience. Incoming NSA president
with strong promotional platform: as the incoming president of the National
Speakers Association, the author will promote the book on a nation-wide tour. An
experienced team facilitator and military veteran, the author has a large
platform of clients, including the Coast Guard, NASA, and the IRS.
''To say that this book is packed with powerful ideas is an
understatement. Whether you re a neophyte or professional communicator,
Boring to Bravo will help you get better. I highly recommend it.''
--Mark Sanborn, President, Sanborn & Associates, Inc., Author, The
Fred Factor, You Don't Need a Title to be a Leader, and The Encore
''The author's qualifications are important for a book on public speaking
(where authorial experience in practicing what is being preached is crucial).
Arnold's background as a facilitator and speaker is extensive, capped by her new
role as the incoming president of the National Speakers Association. Her focus
is on presentations in the workplace, but the fluidly presented and dynamically
toned pages soon make it obvious that her techniques and methods can be used by
all who are required to give presentations, whether it be in their public or
private lives. Her ideas are underscored by the basic premise that a dull,
sleep-inducing program is intolerable, not to say detrimental, to the
effectiveness of the presentation. How to engage your audience is the key to
speaker success, and the author presents a series of increasingly sophisticated
techniques to involve the audience, from employing the right tone of voice to
breaking the audience out into smaller discussion groups. Hers are not pat
responses to the issue of good programming but are well-thought-out, robustly
tested, and greatly practical techniques.'' --Brad Hooper,
Top Ten Low Risk Techniques to Easily Engage Your
Amazon-exclusive content from author Kristin Arnold
1. Arrange the room to be more friendly and engaging even before your
2. Prepare an interesting and appealing handout or
takeaway that enhances your speech.
3. Mingle with the audience before your
presentation so you ll have some new friends out there!
4. Before you begin
to speak, establish rapport by making eye contact with as many people as you
5. Smile. They ll smile back!
6. Use lists, headlines or highlights
to help the audience know where you are going and so that they can follow
7. Ask an engaging questions.
8. Tell a story with vivid words that
capture their imaginations.
9. Have fun. When your audience sees that you are
having a good time, they will too!
10. Finish with a strong, compelling call
Author: WEC 2016 Speaker Kristin Arnold
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