Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fun exercise to improve presentation skills

Want to improve presentation skills for your managers or team leads?
Here’s a fun, effective exercise. It will provide great lessons for even the most anxious speaker. They key is returning to the emotional world and innocence of childhood.

In front of the group, have the speaker describe his/her childhood bedroom in as much detail as possible. Watch what happens.

The speaker will lose self-consciousness and become lost in the memories of their childhood. Since this is a strong (and emotional) memory, he/she will have no fear of forgetting “their material.” The speaker will be much more dynamic and naturally use gestures to explain the space. In fact, all speech mechanics (tempo, volume, eye contact, facial expressions etc.) will be effective because the speaker will enjoy this subject and truly want to communicate it.
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