Be A Better Speaker With These 5 Tips

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Let’s face it, compelling public speaking abilities do not come naturally. Most people, both introverts and extroverts, will admit that public speaking can be scary. In fact, public speaking often tops the list of “biggest fears” for surveyed Americans. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether it’s your first time on an online meeting, or you want to get better at speaking to your online audience, the following 5 best practices for webinar, web conference and video conference presentations will help you nail your message delivery:

  1. Create a presentation outline or script to follow: The very first thing you should do when preparing for a webinar, web conference, or video conference presentation, is to organize your material by creating an outline or script. You will most likely make several revisions, so don’t feel pressure when it comes to creating the first draft.
  2. Practice, practice, practice: Start with simply reading the script, then record a practice run or two for your review. Listen to your recorded voice — do you sound bored or nervous? Are you rushing through your slides? Do you need to make revisions to the script? Be sure to time yourself during these practice runs. If you are practicing for a video presentation, pay attention to your body language, and where your eyes are focusing during the recorded rehearsal.
  3. Speak with confidence, and enthusiasm: Yes, in reality, you might be a little nervous, but having a solid outline and practice under your belt, you will come across as credible and polished. Keep in mind, if you are interested in the presentation’s message, your audience will follow suit, so make sure your voice reflects the importance, excitement, and value of your topic.
  4. Prepare for questions from attendees…and have the answers: A successful online meeting presentation includes audience engagement and participation. This could be in the form of “chat” during the presentation, or maybe questions asked during Q&A at the end of the presentation; regardless of when questions pop up, it helps to be prepared. Even the most seasoned “experts” get thrown-off by questions, and the last thing you want is to lose focus. Know what kinds of questions might be asked, and jot down informative responses. Try practicing your presentation in front of a colleague or friend, and invite them to come up with challenging questions for you to answer, so you can get a real sense of what your attendees might say.
  5. Keep it light (and short): Be sure to humanize yourself by adding light humor to your presentation, or personalize your information in some way that is relatable. This will keep the audience from drifting off or multi-tasking, and ensure the presentation is memorable. It is also important to respect the audience’s time by keeping the presentation concise and to the point. Studies have revealed that the average audience member prefers a presentation that is no longer than 30 minutes, and ending early (without rushing through the material) is always a plus. 

See? Public speaking doesn’t have to be intimidating. Just remember: you are the expert, you are in control of the presentation, and AnyMeeting has your back.

 

The Benefit of Webinars

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Guest post by Robert DeVincent, Vice President of Product Marketing, Corcentric AP Outsourcing

Web-i-nar [web-uh-nahr]

seminar or other presentation that takes place on the Internet, allowing participants in different locations to see and hear the presenter, ask questions, and sometimes answer polls.

Thank you dictionary.com for the lovely definition. This strange sounding word – with a rather lackluster definition – could be the ticket to resounding success for your company.  Many people don’t fully understand how the power of social media tools can boost their company’s profile and create an environment that is enjoyable for their customers at the same time.  Webinars are one of the most interactive forms of social media because they have incorporated live vocal visual communication; not only can you interact with people across the world, but you can chat with them one-on-one in real-time!

Webinars allow specialists within your company to really broadcast what they are good at. They allow you to draw in audiences that you may not otherwise reach by providing specialized training that is directly linked to your service or product.  By broadcasting webinars, you show yourself to be an expert in your niche, which can make your product or service more compelling to the end user.  Not only that, but you have full control over what your consumer learns about your product and what they do with it – you call the shots.

Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and other social media sites, come with an aspect of the unknown, which rightfully causes some hesitation. You can certainly use those other networks to promote your upcoming webinar – and you should!  But when it comes to the actual production with webinars, the presenter is in control of what’s being communicated.

Most companies nowadays are in the business of sales – either selling a product, a service, or an individual – and webinars are the best way for your company to warm any potential business connections you might make by first having good conversations with them. Webinars are easily linked to other individuals and can be filmed and archived, so, not only will they be good in the right-here-and-now, but they will also be good for generating leads on downloads in the future. Depending on the quality of webinar, the amount of information you are sharing, and the market you are working in, your company stands to generate a large number of good leads that are already comfortable with your product and the information you are conveying.

Inbound marketing looks to be here to stay. Older marketing techniques like television, radio, and print ads are starting to slip in their effectiveness – so it is important that you and your company stay ahead of the curve. Starting to host your own Webinars is a great way to attract individual customers while still promoting yourself in a broader sense. By getting started with broadcasting your own Webinars you are taking a step in the right direction as well as a step ahead of the competition.

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AnyMeeting is for SO MUCH MORE than Business

Communication Outside the Office

Small, medium or enterprise, every business needs a solution for online meetings.  When meeting with clients or colleagues in different locations, AnyMeeting can be instrumental in bringing businesses and professionals together.  But, it can be used for more than just business right?

Absolutely, online meetings can bring friends, family and acquaintances together as well.  Here are some ways AnyMeeting can help bridge the communication gap outside the office.

  • Sports team and league meetings – Meet with coaches and parents and discuss team and league activities before and during the season.
  • Community meetings – With busy work schedules, it’s hard for everyone to attend community meetings.  AnyMeeting gives everyone the opportunity to attend from their desk, and make sure their voice is heard.
  • Party/event planning – Planning a big party or event?  Get everyone involved together quickly and work out the party details.  Don’t get caught up in the chain of confusing back and forth “Reply All” emails.
  • Connect with family and friends – Bring friends and family members from different locations together, especially those who may not have connected in a long time.  AnyMeeting lets you create your own online family reunion.

Our lives get filled with so many obligations that it often can be hard to attend important meetings in person, let alone connect in person with family and friends far away.  However, with the help of a good solution like AnyMeeting, you can bridge the communication gap inside and outside the office.

We have seen from surveys that users are already relying on AnyMeeting for many non-business meetings, including soccer clubs, scout troop and community meetings, and party planning with family and friends.  So, next time you’re faced with organizing a bunch of people, and you can’t meet in person, use AnyMeeting, and why not?  It’s free.

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