Every speaking is public speaking. 7 key points to a deliver a perfect presentation.

Every speaking is public speaking. 7 key points to a deliver a perfect presentation.

Have you ever wondered how come some people are so influential in the way they communicate their thoughts, carry their persona and manage to converse with anyone, anytime, anywhere? What is that some individuals do that makes them charismatic conversationalists?

Personally I have had this burning question in mind for many years. And it is this question that started my internal fire towards becoming a better communicator which ultimately had me reaching to my life purpose. Today I walk proud knowing I’ve become a public speaker and speech coach. My close circle of friends insist in calling me ‘’an emotional cheerleader’’.

I take pride to have championed myself from being a confident and stubborn introvert to a energetic, excited and electric speaker. The journey had its twists and turns but which story doesn’t?

I’m happy to count more than 80 high end events and presentations of a series of world class brands such as HSBC, Audi, Emirates Airlines, HP, Nissan as my client base.

1. My recipe for impactful speaking.

If someone were to ask me for my own recipe on preparing a speech or presentation I would compare the process with the one of baking a delicious cake. Hence I’d recommend they have about 500g of courage, another equal amount of passion, 300g of self worth sprinkled with clarity and desire about the subject they want to tackle. Yet the element that would gel all the mentioned ingredients would be their competence. Ultimately, the famous confidence that most of my clients aspire to obtain is nothing but a byproduct of competence. So roll up your sleeves and let’s ‘’cook’’ together.

2. Who is your audience?

Personalizing your message according to your audience is key to the success of any presentation or public speaking appearance. Most of my clients complain that some of the subjects they’ve to present are dull and it’s challenging finding creative ways of delivery. To which I reply: nothing is boring only the presenter is. Knowing your audience, its needs, desires, cultural and political background allows you to creatively connect your message with their hearts.

3. Your ‘’why’’

So why is that you want to step on stage and speak up? What is so important about your message, your persona or your organization that fuels you to deliver a public message? The answer to this question represents your medication to unnecessary spasmodic thoughts like: ‘’I am shy’’, ‘’I am terrified to mess up’’, ‘’I am sure I will make a mistake’’ or “I’m not experienced at public speaking’’. This self induced internal dialog represents our self sabotaging skill of setting ourselves for a disastrous presentation. Instead I recommend you focus on your ‘’why’’.

4. Speech structure

There are more structures for a presentation. The most common is distributing the speech in three main parts and allocate 5% for the opening (a statement that you repeat throughout the speech), 80% for the main body( opinion, facts and a single big story) and 15% for the conclusion( new examples, facts and summary).

In the beginning your sole purpose is to grab their attention and share the benefits of your speech, its content and its duration. The main body contains the substance or how speakers like to say ‘’ the meat’’- your stories and fact. The end is a recap of the benefits and wisdoms of what you have shared.

5. Say it like you mean it

After you would have had merged your ‘’why’’ with the rest of ingredients (facts, stories, metaphors and main mission) your only responsibility as speaker would be to make that click between your logical mind and the immeasurable power of your heart. Saying it like you mean it is always impactful and allows you to lead the members of the audience to action mode. In other words Maya Angelou’s quote will always apply to public speakers: ‘’They won’t remember what you said but they will remember how you have made them feel’’. Instilling purpose, power and persuasion in their spirit will make you a memorable speaker.

6. Enjoy the lime light moment

At the beginning of my presenting career my own coach told me every speaking is public speaking. As well she has advised to say yes to each and every offer might come my way. Today after I have hosted for world class brands I understand that having had stretched myself and walked one step further from my comfort zone has allowed me to grow into one of the most sought after MCs in the UAE.

Throughout my experience as an anchor I have learned to simply ride the wave of nerves as well as to enjoy the lime light of each occasion. The key factor in doing so is the hours or research and preparation.

7. Wrap your words in layers of love

On the premise that everyone is the messenger of a particular teaching, that each and every one of us is destined to fulfill a life purpose I invite you to be sincere and truthful when given the opportunity to stand and deliver. Your success will be determined by the rapport between your audience and your sincerity.

In conclusion I want to leave you with one message: If you were to discover the cure for cancer and organize a press conference to announce it do you think you would be afraid or make mistakes while delivering it? Allow me to answer this rhetorical answer! Of course not! You would want to share with the entire world that cancer has come to an end.

Similarly you want to identify the gift in your speech and wrap it in layers of love.

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‘’The Social Media Diet’’.

‘’The Social Media Diet’’.

Do you find yourself like most people spending on average 60 minutes or even more on Facebook or other social media platforms? If you are ‘’chasing Pokemon’’ well then this article can’t help you anymore, lol! On the premise that like most people you opt to stop this addiction I’d like to share with you my own Social Media (SM) diet.

The causes of spending excessive amounts of time on the social media platforms starts from escapism, killing time in a fun way, keeping up with friends and ends up with ‘’business purposes’’.

Bottom line regardless of the reasons most of us end up consuming SM time the same way we are when we munch on M&M (we simply can’t stop).

Both are addictive and defective. Similarly to a person who looks for help to lose weight I want to share 5 tips to implement a SM diet.

1. Post and go.

Most of you must have an online presence, which is understandable. Hence apply rule number one: Post and go! If you use your Facebook account for personal purposes simply write your post and sign out. And if you are an entrepreneur, blogger or artist do the same, post and go. Ideally you want to assign a certain amount of time for your posting and stick with it.

2. We are our habits.

Replace logging on Facebbok with another more useful website. Or listen to your favorite audio book, read what interests you and simply uplift your skills. If you have developed the urge to ‘’check on others’’- or else said look into your neighbors’ backyard refocus on you. By constantly reading about others our brains can’t stop comparing which is the worst thing you can do to your creative mind. Subconscious comparison is the thief of your creativity and self esteem.

3. Reframing – excessively connected on SM means you are disconnected from your passion.

Tell me how much time you spend on social media and I will tell you where you will be 5 years from now. My bet is that those who choose to excessively waste their precious lifetime on SM are no longer in touch with their passions. And that is your cue to take action. My advice is to get really honest with yourself and either take control over your time or you will grow into an addict.

4. A wealth of information means a poverty of attention.

Imagine you juggle 2 watermelons. It can be challenging but doable. Now try adding few more. At the prospect of juggling them you will naturally smash them. I feel that the same principle is applied when we try to multitask on social media. With no doubt there is so much that we can read and learn from each others’ posts and articles. However if we try to load on to much we won’t be able to focus.

5. Run your way out of the social media vortex.

Last but not least I couldn’t share with you a diet without advising you to exercise as well. As you well know exercising regularly increases your endorphins, regulates your metabolism, elevates the serotonin levels and will help you maintain a healthy mind in a healthy body. Changes are you will get more clarity and fired up to accomplish more outside the social media vortex.

I hope this has been useful and if you know anyone who could benefit from the points above share it with them.

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‘’Protein shake’’ to boost your self esteem.

‘’Protein shake’’ to boost your self esteem.

During my coaching sessions I’ve noticed some of my clients being very good, and I mean really skilled at giving me a long list of their draw backs, or at least of what they perceive as their weaknesses.

At the simple invite of bragging about their achievements they would mention one or two and then come back to mention something they are insecure about.

To which I am obliged to invite them to sip from my ”protein shake”.

I can prepare it for them in any flavor you can imagine. My specialty though is ‘’positive vanilla flavor’’. For that I need a 250mg scoop of passion, 300mg of personal resources, 200mg of your best skills, 150mg of your biggest achievementsand towards to end splash some bragging. Mix well and then drink up. It can be served best when fear and doubt creeps in!

And here is the most important part. You can have it for free, anytime, anywhere.

But let me give you a closer insight on the ingredients I’ve just mentioned.

1. Holly Passion

Tony Robbins uses the phrase ‘’where focus goes, energy flows’’. Now focus and determination springs from ‘’holly passion’’ which is linked to our unique set of skills and talents. Uncovering them and putting them to good use is our job. So roll your sleeves up and identify your passion.

2. Resources

Most spiritual people keep saying: Count your blessings. To which, as a spiritual fellow myself, I would add ‘’count your resources’’. And by that I mean your background, education, environment, network, career, finance, personal belongings: car, computer, cell phone. Making an inventory of everything that you have will give you an instant boost.

3. Best Skills

What is one thing that If someone were to wake you up in the middle of the night you will be able to do in a heartbeat? Think in terms of a doctor who can resuscitate a patient, an IT specialist who can protect you from hackers or a tailor that can fix the zipper before a model would walk the ramp.

Your best skills are the things you can do so well that you could save the day. By listing them you will be able to focus on actions that give you positive results.

4. Biggest achievements

It is really crucial that you pencil your biggest careers’ or personal achievements. A great way to strengthen your self esteem is to celebrate all of your past accomplishments. In doing so, you will be feeding your subconscious mind with positive affirmations. It is almost like planting seeds of positivity in the soil of your mind.

5. Splash some bragging

Picture that you have just mixed the ingredients above and realized a really nice shake. Yet it won’t be complete without a splash of bragging. Most of us don’t have the habit of patting ourselves on the shoulder or sharing our awesomeness with others. I say a little bragging won’t hurt anyone.

Drink up and chin up!