June 2010 | www.susansilvers.com

Successful living requires a balance of courage and compassion, just as it demands we balance the time we devote to achievement with the time we invest in our relationships. Courage & Compassion is a free monthly newsletter about success in life and business.

Most of us have had occasion to speak or make a business presentation. Having recently coached several speakers, I offer you these tips, confident that they will be of value to you as well.

Avoid being upstaged by your PowerPoint. You are the presentation, not your slides or video clips. If you use full sentences on your slides, your audience does not know whether it is supposed to be listening to you or reading the content of your slides. The audience ends up getting only bits and pieces of each. This does not serve your purpose. Use brief bullets on your slides. If the phrase wraps-around to the next line, you have used too many words. The bullet should include just enough content to prompt you to remember what to say next, not to tell the “whole story” for you.

Less than 30% of the population is primarily auditory in the way that it processes information. People process information more quickly and retain it longer when that information is delivered in a way that aligns with their learning style. The majority learning style is visual. Few people will remember, or even tune into, an abundance of words floating in the air, no matter how artfully crafted. Using stories and examples people can visualize (see in their mind’s eye) and relate to will aid both comprehension and retention.

Speakers often struggle with nervousness. One way to minimize this is to keep your focus on your audience and the value you are there to bring them, rather than on yourself and the way you may be coming across. Try using the pronoun “you” more than “I.” Change, “Tonight I am going to tell you about three teenage trends that are very disturbing…” to “Tonight, you will learn about three teenage trends that you may find disturbing…” Practice this in your everyday conversation. Change, “I had such a great time at your party” to “You are a terrific hostess.” Make what you say about “them”/your audience rather than about you.

Both DiSC® profiles and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® instruments are now available to you on-line. These instruments will help you better understand yourself and others, and enable you to achieve greater success in interactions of all kinds. For more information, please contact me at susan@susansilvers.com.

A Thought for Fathers – NOT intended to produce guilt!

Providing your daughter with consistent, healthy, positive attention will protect her from a dangerous void that may drive her to seek male attention in unhealthy ways.

Yours is the first and most important male relationship your daughter will have. She needs you to tell and show her that she is beautiful, capable, and valuable. The nature of the relationship she has with you will affect the way she interacts with other males throughout her life. When you do your job well, she will think far too much of herself to allow men to use or mistreat her.

Fathers, it is never too late. If you have not invested the time and positive attention in your daughter that she needs, you can begin today.

To be successful we must be willing to fail at harder and harder things.

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