Quest #14 - It's Showtime!

The big day has finally arrived! It's showtime! You're prepared - you're ready - you're psyched. But now that it's time, what can you do to ensure a successful presentation that makes a difference and leaves your audience wanting more?

Objectives of this Quest

In this Quest, you will:

    • Examine the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of microphones.
    • Consider the fundamental differences between a Toastmasters speech, a public speech, a TED Talk, and a pro speaker’s presentation; also the differences between presenting in-person, presenting in-person but being recorded, presenting in a hybrid environment, presenting live-online, and preparing a recording for later viewing.
    • Consider some common challenges facing pro speakers and how you can handle them if they ever occur.

Questions answered during this Quest include

    • What are the different types of microphones, and how do you pick the best one for different situations?
    • How important is the timing of your presentation? What do you do if your presentation is threatening to run long?
    • Other than money, what’s the fundamental difference between a Toastmasters presentation and a pro speaker’s presentation? What are the differences between a Ted Talk and a fee-paid speech?
    • If you’re presenting online, should you present standing up or sitting? How close should you be to the camera? How should you use slides? Where do you put your notes?
    • If you’re presenting in-person, should you use a lectern? Should you move around, or stand in one place?
    • Where can you rehearse your in-person speeches? Where can you rehearse your online presentations?

Videos in the “It's Showtime!” Quest:

  1. Being introduced
  2. In-person vs. online vs. hybrid
  3. Which is more important, the “steak” or the “sizzle”?
  4. Presentation techniques that rock!
  5. Timing your presentation
  6. Speaking techniques congruent with your venue
  7. A/V and other tech
  8. Handling hecklers, distractions, and emergencies
  9. Using microphones effectively

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