Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve, and Inspire Your Audience to Action

Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve, and Inspire Your Audience to Action

by Kristin Arnold

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90-plus practical tips for engaging and interacting with an audience. Drawn from her extensive experiences as a nationally recognized speaker and master facilitator, Kirstin Arnold's proven techniques will help you transform any presentation into a powerful, interactive experience.

With this user-friendly guide, you will learn how to take a collaborative approach to the communication process so that you can connect and converse with the members of any audience. Arnold's powerful audience-centered "Interactive Insights" cover the spectrum of practical presentation techniques:
• Setting an interactive tone before you start
• Using Titter/text messaging to engage your audience
• Involving audience members with a specific task
• Personalizing your language for your audience
• Making eye contact—even with a large audience
• Taking polls and running Q&As
• Recovering from humor that falls flat
• Facilitating conversation
• Creating accountability for action to occur after your presentation

Kristin Arnold has the experience, the wit, and the foolproof methods to take your ho-hum presentation to the next level. By incorporating just a few of the author's tips, you will dramatically improve your ability to engage, involve, and inspire your audience to action. Read and use Boring to Bravo and your audiences will demand an encore. Bravissimo!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608320707
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group, LLC
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Kristin Arnold, MBA, CPF, CMC, CSP, specializes in coaching executives and their teams. An accomplished author, she has been a featured columnist for The Daily Press, a Tribune Publishing newspaper. One of the first women to graduate with high honors from the US Coast Guard Academy, Arnold earned an MBA from St. Mary's College of California and has served the US Coast Guard Reserves as an internal consultant for the past ten years. She divides her time between Phoenix and Prince Edward Island.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Have an Engaging Mind-set 11

It's About Them, Not About You

Be Passionate

Be Yourself

Have a Conversation

Collaborate with Them

Prepare for Inevitable Resistance

Chapter 2 Set an Interactive Tone 23

Reach Out and Connect with Your Audience

Grab 'Em with a Lively Title

Build on the Meeting Theme

Make the Room More Engaging

Prepare Your Handouts, Workbooks, or Takeways

Pack Everything You Need

Observe and Mingle

Engage as They Enter

Start Smartly

Chapter 3 You are the Number One Visual 43

Connect with Your Eyes

Smiles and other Facial Expressions

Spice it Up with Vocal Variety

Use Inviting Gestures

Move with a Purpose

Dress the Part

Chapter 4 Engage with Enhancing Visuals 57

Some General Principles

Use Props

Reward Your Audience

Be Spontaneous with an Easel Chart

Chapter 5 Use PowerPoint with Purpose 65

Use a Splash Page, Icons, and Hyperlinks

Insert Digital Pictures

Insert Cartoons, Symbols, and Drawings

Use Display Charts

Insert Video Snippets

Use Color Appropriately

Coutdown Timers

Make Sure Your Slides are Easy on the Eyes

Chapter 6 Ask Engaging Questions 81

Ask an Open-Ended Question

Ask a Situational Question

Ask a Provocative Question

Ask a Rhetorical Question

Take a Poll

Using Technology

Ask a Series of "Enrolling" Questions

Encourage Answers from the Audience

Interview a Participant

Wrong Answers and Other Maladies

Chapter 7 Q&A 99

Take Questions as You Go

Stop Periodically

Create Small Groups

Starting Your Q&A Session

Collect Questions

Respond to a Question

Answer the Question

Finish with a Strong Closing

Chapter 8 Let Your Natural Humor Shine Through 111

A Word About Finding Your Humor Comfort Zone

Making Humor Work for You

Finding the Common Ground

Keep Your Humor Eyes Open

Other Sources of Humor

The Pure Humor of Spontaneous Interaction

What About Jokes?

Chapter 9 Choose Descriptive Words 125

Anchor Your Main Idea

Repetition, Restatement, and the Rule of Three

Use Strong Words

Choose Vivid Words

Arrange Words Rythmically to Resonate with Your Audience

The Power of the Pause

Lists, Headlines, and Highlights

Use Words that Sell

Keep it Simple

Chapter 10 Tell Interesting Stories 139

Definitions, Quotations, and Testimonials

Examples, Illustrations, and Case Studies

Comparisons, Analogies, and Allusions

Facts and Statistics

Personal and Signature Stories

Borrowed Stories

Invite Them into Your Story


Chapter 11 Involve the Audience 157

Task Individuals

Write it Down

Games, Puzzles, and Competitions


Skits and Role-Plays

Chapter 12 Dyads, Triads, Quads, and More 171

Step 1 Set up the Activity

Step 2 Reflect

Step 3 Separate into Smaller Groups

Step 4 Give Instructions

Step 5 Engage

Step 6 Debrief

Adapting to Large Audiences

Chapter 13 When Presenting Becomes Facilitating 185

The Facilitator

Develop a Process Agenda

GODA Process Flow

Chapter 14 Make Your Message Stick 203

Review and Revisit

Create a Storng, Compelling Call to Action

Create Accountability

End with the Audience in Mind

Extend the Conversation

Chapter 15 Infuse Your Presentation 213

How to Infuse Your Presentations

Step 1 Do your Homework About the Audience

Step 2 Lay Out Your Presentation in Bits

Step 3 Identify Your Objective(s) for Each Bit

Step 4 Note the Current Techniques

Step 5 Lay out the Energy Curves

Step 6 Brainstorm Different Techniques

Step 7 Select the Most Appropriate Technique

Step 8 Do a Dry Run

Chapter 16 Improve Your Presentation Skills 227

Critique Yourself

Self-Assesment Form

Collect Audience Feedback

Audio/Video Critique

Keep Learning

Conclusion 239

Glossary and Index of Terms 241

Recommended Resources 253

Acknowledgments 257

About the Author 259

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