Noise Words

January 5, 2010

Noise words are negative words and filler phrases which add nothing to the content of your presentations and which can become very wearing for your listeners.  They are the ‘errs’ and ‘ums’, the ‘y’knows’, the ‘basically’, ‘actually’ or ‘obviously’.

Phrases like ‘I think…’ also sap your confidence and lessen the impact of what you are saying.

Instead of ‘I think, we can achieve target’ say, ‘Not only can we achieve target, we aim to exceed our target’.  It is far more impressive, far more authoritarian, and far more believable. 

Try to omit filler words like, ‘obviously’ ‘actually’ ‘basically’ and do not repeat stock phrases.  Some people tend to finish a sentence with ‘okay’, ‘right’ or ‘yes’ when they are looking for agreement and understanding from the audience.  Others have a habit of adding, ‘you know’ to the beginning or end of everything.  Most people do not even realise when they are saying these words.

If you recognise this as a problem, ask a colleague to sit at the back of the room and put their hand up every time you say the word.  You will soon stop!

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Natural Gestures

January 5, 2010

People can become very hung up about how to stand and how to gesture.  My advice is be yourself. Don’t put on an act, or try to be someone you are not, jsut be yourself. If you are someone who talks with their hands in normal conversation then do not worry, carry on talking with your hands.  A word of warning, try to avoid small repetitive movements, as these can become irritating and distracting.

As you are effectively on stage when you are presenting, whether or not there is a physical platform, it pays to be dramatic.  By being dramatic and over emphasising your actions they will be conveyed better to a larger audience.

By the way, even if you are presenting to a small audience of only 2 or 3 people, I would always recommend standing up to give a presentation.  It will carry far more weight than if you give the same presentation sitting down.

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