Thursday 02nd July 20:38

MTL Motivators: Presentation Skills

In the "Presentation Skills" Motivators, you'll find some of the best quotes ever written about how to succeed as a presenter. Discover the trick that Red Barber uses to talk to a large audience; the simple way that Gerald Meyers handles a heckler; the 3 places where you should smile; how to make sure your audience remembers your points; the crafty way that Allan Pease flatters his audience; and why Pat O'Malley says that presentations are like babies. There are 100 slides in this beautifully-selected collection. Use them on your formal Presentation Skills training for that extra touch of class.

"Presentation Skills" Motivators: Our Favourite Quotes

The following set of quotes from this collection are some of our personal favourites. You can also use them in "The MI Mashup" game that we'll give you below.

1. "On speaking: first, have something to say; second, say it; third, stop when you have said it; and finally give it an accurate title." (John Shaw Billings)

2. "I can never remember being afraid of an audience. If the audience could do better, they'd be up here on stage and I'd be out there watching them." (Ethel Merman 1909 - 84)

3. "A large person must smile more than a small person. When we see a large person frowning at us we are frightened. When we see a small person frowning – we think, “I can take him”." (George Torok)

4. "Don’t treat every audience to the same presentation as though they were all mere listening machines. Wherever possible, make each audience think you care about them and you feel lucky or honoured to get the chance to address them." (Ranulph Fiennes)

5. "We love to hear stories. We don’t need another lecture. Just ask your kids." (Source Unknown)

"Presentation Skills" Motivators: "The MI Mashup"

As well as using this selection of quotes to learn more about Presentation Skills, you can also use them as a round-up exercise in a game called, "The MI Mashup". Here's how to play it.

First put everyone into small teams of 3 or 4. Now explain that, as a review of your presentation skills course, you want each team to put together their selection of 7 items on presentation skills in the form of each of the 7 multiple intelligences (MIs). For the first MI, they are to choose or create something visual, such as a video of a presenter eg taken from Youtube. For the second, they are to choose or create something aural such as a rhyme or song. Next, something using mathematics such as a statistic on presentation skills. The fourth MI item is something kinaesthetic and this can be a short mime or role play. The fifth item is something interactive or people-related and they could choose someone they admire as a presenter and explain why. The sixth MI item is an intrapersonal one which could be anything that people do by themselves, such as a way of calming nerves before a presentation. The seventh and last MI item is a linguistic one which is word-based. This is where teams can pick out their favourite quote that comes with the "Presentation Skills" Motivators. When teams have put together their set of 7 materials, get them to present them back to you and the group in any way they choose.

Not only will this appeal to all levels of learning but it will be great fun and, more importantly, a memorable highlight of your course.

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