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IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH- TENSES

The need for a language arises when we want to express ourselves or when we want to communicate with others. And in public speaking or any other communication, we would certainly need a language that is understandable by all. And one such language in the present time is ENGLISH. It is well known that English is the official language of many countries and is a “lingua franca” of all people in the world. Thus it becomes important for every person to learn this language and to be able to communicate with people. But there exist a mental block that impedes learning the second language. It is therefore important to be relaxed, to be ready to take the risks in learning and to have a pleasant learning environment.

One acquires or “picks up” the second language (we are talking about English in particular) in much the same way as they acquired their first language that is by using it. When we learn any language we start it with short and easy sentences. Then comes vocabulary and grammar. The mother tongue always has an impact on the second language. While we are learning a language, it generally happens that we think of a sentence in our mother tongue and then translate it in the language that we are learning. This is acceptable for some time but we should not get into the habit of this.

To learn any language, it is very important to keep reading and listening. Magazines, newspapers, movies, radio shows, T.V. shows, interacting with people, and many more sources. This would also make you aware and more spontaneous which is must in public speaking. And then it is utmost important to analyze yourself from time to time. Analysis should in be terms of how much progress you have made from the time you started or from the previous analysis.

There is no denying the fact that a language needs to be perfect and error free when you speak or write it for any type of communication and English is no exception. It has been seen that most of the people commit general mistakes in the language and that really hampers your image in the circle and society. To learn a language, we must know its vocabulary, pronunciation of the words and the correct usage of grammar. Vocabulary of any language is too vast to be remembered. Therefore, even if we are short of vocabulary, we must not make any grammatical mistake in our communication. We should make sure that we are using correct grammar. Like all other things, grammar can also be improved by continuous practice, and listening and reading as mentioned above.

Most of us often make mistakes while using tenses. We are generally confused how to make a sentence with past tense, present tense or future tense. Here we would learn to be “tense friendly” through a video of Mr. Anurag Aggarwal. He has made the concept of tenses extremely simple and easy to grab.

Watch it and practice and practice and keep practicing.

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All the above techniques are taught and can be practiced in public speaking and presentation skills course offered by Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking. In this course you will be trained in all those things which stop you from growing in your career. This is the best course for people having problems regarding their communication skills, presentation skills, interacting with people and in presenting themselves in front of public. For more details on the course, visit www.anuragaggarwal.com

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Personality Development: TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS

 

IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Effective communication does not mean just talking. An effective communication is the one where information is exchanged so that everyone gets something important and useful out of the conversation. We come across many people who love speaking so much that they would not give us a chance to speak a word. One reason for such behaviour is that they are not aware of the way to communicate. They might be unclear that communication is almost 90% non-verbal. This implies that talking is only a tiny part to get better results by communication.

The ability of effective communication is fundamental at the workplace. You may be a manager, who needs to communicate with employees, or you may be an individual wanting to improve professional and interpersonal skills, but what you need is getting the right message to people so as to make good relations and grow in your career.

Think about the communication style you have: Do you talk more or listen more? Having the appropriate type of communication skills means ability to deal with different kind of people.

We generally spend a lot of time in speaking and ignore a vital element of effective communication: listening. If we give time in listening to someone carefully, we can learn so much. We understand others better and avoid misunderstandings.

Here are some great tips you can use to improve your communication skills:
1. Being aware of your interaction with others helps in improving your communication skills.
Identify the situations that make you uncomfortable and bring changes in your behaviour to achieve positive results.

2. Listen more, talk less. Not just listening, but active listening is important.

3. Understanding the other person or the audience can make it simpler to avoid making mistakes. Try to connect a person so that they come in level with you. Never try to rule a conversation.

4. Allow others to express themselves or to say what they want. Give them the space to do so.

5. Stay to avoid the questions that lead the conversation in a particular direction or just have a yes or no answer.

6. Give a positive feedback wherever necessary. This may make a difference to the conversation.

7. Avoid jargon. Filling a conversation with acronyms and such words can cause the listener to lose interest and respect for you. Keep your communication language simple and understandable.

8. Find the Correct Tone for Nonverbal Communications & E-Mails. Be careful while writing e-mails because if you choose an incorrect tone, it may give rise to many misunderstandings. Read the 3-4 times before sending.

At ‘Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking you are provided training in Public Speaking, Personality Development , Presentation Skills and Communication Skills. In this course you will be trained in all the above mentioned things and others that are needed to have outstanding communication skills. For more details on the course, click here.

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Experiential Learning Program by Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking

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With over 12 years of expertise, AAIPS, the Mecca of Public Speaking has been training and turning students into successful speakers. To train their students with fine public speaking skills, AAIPS keep organizing interactive sessions to motivate individuals. Their recent initiative to make their students more confident was an exciting trip to Shivpuri, Rishikesh, a beautiful tourist destination location in Uttarakhand from 10th-12th Oct 2012.

To make this trip an interesting and interactive session, they incorporated a number of adventurous activities. Rishikesh is very well-known for white-water rafting because of its several free flowing rivers falling from high Himalayan altitudes. This activity proved to be an excellent stress buster for all the students.

The beautiful environment of this mesmersing destination was just perfect for providing relaxation to their minds. A trip to Rishikesh is always incomplete without indulging in rafting. The team organized an extremely entertaining and learning session, wherein all the students actively took initiative. Everyone was amazed at the amount of fun they had during this trip. Moreover, it was an invaluable experience for nature lovers and they are sure to organize such amusing rips again and again.

In addition to river rafting, a number of amusing activities like camp fire and team building activities were also organized that help students undergo an overall personality development. Also, these activities help the student’s master anchoring, public speaking and leadership management.

As part of their ISO 9001:2000 certification and Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking’s commitment to quality, they measure the effectiveness and benefits of their training.  Most of the AAIPS graduates express satisfaction with the training they receive.

Most importantly, the proprietor Mr. Anurag Aggarwal, who is an expert trainer and ace speaker for over 12 years added complete interactive element to the session. He is an extremely effective trainer as well as motivator. With his friendly & helping attitude he has been able to maintain his able position in the field of public speaking. He believes in keeping his customers happy & satisfied.

For information on public speaking, personality development and presentation skills course, feel free to call us at +91-9971776852 or visit our website.

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PUBLIC SPEAKING & PRESENTATION SKILLS: Tips To Give A Good Presentation

Public speaking & presentation skills training by Mr. Anurag Aggarwal

Public speaking is the process of speaking to a group of people in a structured manner intended to tell, persuade, or entertain the listeners. It is closely related to “presenting”.  Public speaking and presentations can be very demanding. Whenever we have to get in front of an audience to speak, we usually have to go through a panic moment. Putting forth a good presentation demands a lot of courage, practice and preparation.

Every time you speak before crowd, you learn something new. With my 12 years of experience as a public speaker and trainer on public speaking and presentation skills I have several tips which would help many of you. These points would help no matter whether you are speaking at a large conference or giving an internal presentation to the co-workers. They can be used anywhere.

Getting Physically & Mentally Prepared Before Your Presentation

The more you prepare, the more confident you would feel. Slowly and gradually when you become comfortable in public speaking you’ll unsurprisingly feel more confident and the need to prepare may be of lesser importance. Amateur speakers must spend more time in getting ready. But that does not mean that you make yourself go crazy. Just be comfortable with your material and keep practicing.

If you are a first time speaker, you may consult a public speaking trainer and would be of great help. They will observe your style and suggest you some advice on addressing the crowd. For example they might advice you to:

* Speak slower.
* Talk to individuals in the audience.
* Take pauses and think before you speak.

Going over them before your presentation would help you to be more composed and confident.

Some more ways to prepare yourself can be the following:

* Drinking a lot of water.
* Taking a good night’s sleep.
* Avoid drinking the night before.
* Breathe normally.
* Visualize a positive result.
* Talk to other speakers (if any). Ask them questions and for advice.

Preparing Materials to support your presentation

The key to prepare your presentation is to remember that less is more. A few guidelines to a good presentation:

* Keep text to a minimum. Do not put more than 5 bullet points per slide. People tend to lose interest in what you are speaking while reading this stuff.
* Check for contrast and font size. Make sure that it is readable.

* Use pictures where possible to get your idea across. They can be remembered more easily.

* Keep the notes short and simple. Their purpose is only to serve as a reminder.

* Check the resolution of your presentation. To be safe, go for 800×600.

* Complicated charts and graphs should be avoided. Audience may get confused.

While Giving The Presentation

A few things to be remembered when giving the presentation:

* Be optimistic.
* Telling stories will make your idea clearer than charts, graphs and numbers. They also help in engaging your audience.
* Don’t read your slides or notes. They should only play the role of supporters to what you are saying.
* Keep your introduction short yet strong.

* Keep your speech or the presentation slow and steady.

* Don’t be anxious over mistakes.  Don’t apologize. Stay confident and just move on.
* Take pauses at appropriate times. This would also give your audience time to absorb what you presented.

* Smile, joke and laugh when needed. Don’t try to overdo anything.
* Make your ending crisp, clean and powerful.
* Prepare yourself for interruptions and questions.

If you’ve got more tips, feel free to share with us.

At ‘Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking you are provided training in Public Speaking, Personality Development and Presentation Skills. In this course you will be trained in all the above mentioned things and others that are needed to give an outstanding and memorable presentation. For more details on the course, click here.

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PUBLIC SPEAKING & PRESENTATION SKILLS: How to Give a Presentation

PUBLIC SPEAKING & PRESENTATION SKILLS: How to Give a PresentationWe often come across situations where we have to give presentations to clients, employers, Board of Directors and others. In such situations, your presentation skills play a vital role as they become a factor that would decide your future on the basis of the presentation you gave.

Given below are some tips that would help you in giving your presentation or any public speaking project for that matter:

Choose a Topic

Choose a topic that you find interesting and be sure that it is of others’ interest also. Your presentation must have an introduction/opening, body and the conclusion/closing. Your presentation should be remembered not as boring seminar but as an interesting story. The audience must take home a message from your presentation. Most public speakers know their topics so well that they are able to give their presentation as easily as they are telling a story because of which they leave a positive impact thereby making them famous for their public speaking and presentation skills.

UNDERSTANDING THE AUDIENCE

Every time you give a presentation, you would find different audience so it is important to know what type of audience you would be facing. Many things depend upon the audience like your choice of language, your clothes, your interaction, your way of explanation and more.

Introduction of the Presentation

It is a good idea to begin your presentation with a slide giving introduction of the topic and a brief outline of sub-topics.

Introduction of the Topic

Introducing the topic will help to create the interest of the audience in your talk. The type of audience you have will determine the amount of time you would have to give on this introduction. Make it as interesting for them as possible so that they are able to maintain this interest throughout the presentation.

Data Presentation

If you know how to present your data then you surely know the key aspect of giving the presentations. This is where public speakers gain the upper hand because of their knowledge and experience in public speaking and their eminent presentation skills. There are many things that should be considered while presenting your data:

  • Create short sentences for each point displayed on the slide. Read it out loud and then interpret it.
  • Confine the amount of information you provide on each slide and also during the whole presentation.
  • Label the images and graphs clearly.
  • Using too many animated graphics can distract the audience so limit their use.

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Conclusion

An impressive conclusion is necessary to leave an impact on the mind of your audience. End it up by summarizing your presentation and telling its significance.

Question-Answer Round

After you are done with the presentation, offer the audience to ask questions if they have any. Answer to their questions sincerely. If a question is not understandable to you, calmly & politely ask the person to clarify it.

MORE TIPS TO MAKE YOUR PRESENTATION BETTER

Practice it and review all your slides before presenting. You must look like a professional. Make appropriate eye contact with the audience. Tell the objectives and goals for your presentation. Don’t be still or move around too much. Make the pronunciation of your words clear.

At ‘Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking you are provided training in Public Speaking, Personality Development and Presentation Skills. In this course you will be trained in all the above mentioned things and others that are needed to give an outstanding and memorable presentation. For more details on the course, visit www.anuragaggarwal.com

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PUBLIC SPEAKING AND PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT- Eye Contact Skills

Eye Contact Skills in Public SpeakingA lot can be expressed from a person’s eyes. Eye contact skill is one skill that plays a major role in your communication skills, presentation skills and public speaking. For many people, making eye contact with others provides a feeling of understanding and openness. It is also difficult to lie while looking into a person’s eyes (there may be some exceptions). Having an eye contact with others while conversing shows your attention, depicts your self-confidence and expresses your sincerity. Different parts of the world may have different meanings of having an eye contact. Being able to use eye contact effectively can be a bonus for your public speaking and personality development and establishing close relationships with people.

Different situations demand different uses of the eyes. For instance, if you are arguing you must be able to hold your watch. If you are deferring, it is better to lower your eyes, if you in love with someone, it is good to stare into the other person’s eyes. If you try to avoid eye contact while making a conversation, it can indicate nervousness, and on the other hand, the other may feel uncomfortable if you make too much eye contact. Such a gesture might reflect over-confidence and disrespect. It is also advisable not to stare directly into the eyes of a person. If you are able to have an eye contact as per the need of the situation, it shows the best of your personality.

Every culture has its own rules and regulations for eye contact. Making eye contact by a man with a woman who is not related to her is not allowed in some cultures. In others, a woman is considered unrespectable if she makes an eye contact.

Also, different people have different ways of making an eye contact.

Some people make you uncomfortable by looking into your eyes intently. If you also fall in the same category then soften the stare by looking away at a gap of few seconds. But also make sure that you bring back your attention.

If you are of the kind that you feel uncomfortable with looking into someone’s eyes directly, then you may choose to look at the eyes area like eyebrows or the nose bridge. This would make your eyes go a little out of focus and you would not feel nervous.

If you gaze at a person every now and then while conversing, it gives him a sense that you are listening to him carefully. Also, if you add on some expressions like nodding and smiling, this would show your interest in the conversation. Keep changing your facial expressions while keeping your facial muscles relaxed.

Also, in different situations we make different kinds of eye contacts. Here are some ways to improve your eye contact skills in.
1. TALKING TO INDIVIDUAL- It is very good to maintain an eye contact while conversing with an individual but staring intensely at the other person may become a bit uncomfortable for some.
In such a case, you may break the eye contact after every 5-7 seconds. But at this time, do not look downwards as it may signal the end of conversation to the other person. Instead, you may look upwards or sideways so as to give an impression that you are thinking something. So when the listener would see this they’ll think you are trying to recall something and would keep listening.
2. TALKING TO A GROUP- While talking to a group, like we have to do in public speaking, see to it that you do not look at only one person. This would make others lose interest in your talk. Make sure to focus your eye contact with different members while switching from one sentence to another. This way, it would appear that you are talking to the whole group and everyone would be able to maintain interest.
3. LISTENING TO SOMEONE- While listening to someone, if you stare at the person speaking, he may not feel comfortable. You may look into the eyes and around the eyes from time to time so that the other person does not get conscious. Also, you can use some word along with eye contact like hmm, uh-huh etc. and you may also nod at some points. This would show that you are interested in the talk.
4. ARGUING- Holding the gaze in an argument shows your strength. The moment you look, you are defeated in the argument. Keeping silent and staring at the person trying to annoy you would help you to win the argument.

There may be many more situations needing different skills of eye contact. Try applying some of the above and you would see a positive change in your personality and public speaking.

At ‘Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking you are provided training in Public Speaking, Personality Development and Presentation Skills. In this course you will be trained in all the above mentioned things and others that are needed to have a charming personality. For more details on the course, visit here.

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PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT: Benefits of Anger Management

Anger management

Do you ever get angry in petty situations? What situations are these? Are you able to control your anger soon? The answers to all these questions would tell you a lot about the kind of personality you have. Anger management plays a leading role in personality development. Most men and women find it very difficult to deal with anger and end up having situations out of proportions. This also becomes a hurdle in their personality development and also causes various health problems. Anger is also considered as one of the biggest enemies of a human body and soul. It impairs judgment, can make a person violent and the person can even lose his/her relationships. Thus, it is very important to learn how to control anger or, may be, to learn to channelize it in such a way that it may be constructive. There are many benefits that you can gain from being able to manage your anger. One may never understand the joyful benefits of anger management classes unless they experience it and see a drastic change in their personality.

Let’s look at some of the benefits of anger management and its affect in personality development.

1) Judgment
Anger makes a person a poor judge. Uncontrolled anger gradually leads to poor decision making capability. It also makes us prone to making mistakes. But once you are able to manage your anger, you will be able to exercise better judgment. Anger management exercises are often meant to channelize the anger so that you do not lose control ovey yourself when you lose temper.
2) Stress
In today’s world where everyone’s life is full of stress, it is also expected to have a pleasing personality. Stress management can give you long-term benefits. With better control over yourself, you will see that it’s easier to avoid some situations that may be stressful.
3) Fewer conflicts and disputes
In anger, we often find ourselves indulged in conflicts. Conflicts or disputes occur because of difference in opinion due to different personality. Once you are aware of anger management techniques, such situations would be reduced. One should be able to treat differences in opinion just as opinions instead of taking them as personal attacks.  By doing so, there will be lesser hassles at workplace with co-workers, employers and in family. You will be able to have more peaceful interactions with others.
4) Better communication
Anger is generally caused because of misunderstandings, which are in turn, caused due to communication gap between the two people involved. Good communication skills can also be helpful in avoiding anger or angry situations. Many problems are solved when people know how to be assertive. When people do not know how to assert themselves properly angry behavior is often used instead. Controlling and channelizing anger in a constructive way will make communication easier and will create your image as a person who is open-minded and easy to talk to. 
5) Closer and Healthier Relationships 
Another benefit of anger management is that it helps you to get closer to others and makes you more comfortable in personal relationships. The people we love are often the victims of our anger when we lose control. Channelizing anger will make us more capable of leading a life that is comparatively free of repulsive scenes or outbursts of anger.

6) Awareness about responsibility
Once you are able to control anger, will know when you are the cause of any trouble and when you are not. When the problem is because of you, you will also be able to know how to handle the situation calmly and still not be blamed. Taking the full responsibility of your task is also a personality trait that leads to personality development. 

7) Empathy 
Empathy means to be able to feel the same way the other person is feeling. Anger management trains you how to empathize which is very beneficial. Empathizing leads to better understanding and thus lesser conflicts. Being able to empathize means that you can see situations from others’ point of view also leaving no space for conflicts. 

At ‘Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking you are provided training in Public Speaking, Personality Development and Presentation Skills. In this course you will be trained in all those things that are needed to have a charming personality. This is the best course for people have problems regarding their communication skills, presentation skills, interacting with people and in presenting themselves in front of public. For more details on the course, visit www.anuragaggarwal.com
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A PATHWAY TO PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT

“Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you compare, you are insulting yourself.”

Each of us has a personality that makes us unique. Our personality makes us shine and brings success in the various spheres of our life. By honing our capabilities and qualities, we ensure and help ourselves to grow. Here are a few key ways for personality development. With consistent practice on these fronts for personality development, you can become a person with a pleasing and dynamic personality.

  1. Confidence: It is a necessity not a luxury in your life. You need self confidence before you take upon a venture, during the performance and after having completed the responsibility. It determines the shape that our lives take, the success that come to us, the kind of relationships we foster and our peace of mind. Believe in yourself and your capabilities, you will yourself gain the strength to deal with the various challenges. Developing confidence in you is one of the most important requisites for personality development.
  2. Define goals: Goals give a sense of purpose and direction in our lives. Without goals, our lives seem to wander. “Life without goal is like cricket without wicket.” Goals implant a sense of positive energy, enhance determination and hence they are important for personality development.
  3. Time management: “The only time that is yours is the PRESENT”. We cannot go back in time or step into the future, so we must make the best use of our present. Prioritize your tasks and sort your to-do list accordingly. This will help you give your valuable time and energies to people and things that are important to you.
  4. Positivity: The entire world works on the basis of positivity. Positive mind helps you to achieve things that you thought were impossible for you. Practicing positive thinking will help you see the difference in your attitude. It is quite natural for anyone to get worries or feel pessimistic when something goes wrong, but the quicker your comeback to a positive state of mind, the quicker you will find a solution to your problem.
  5. Appreciation: The moment you stop thinking about the integrity in others or charms around you, you may tend to feel bogged down by the faults or the boredom of life. Keeping an open mind and appreciating yourself and others will keep you happy and you will be open to new challenges. This will help you to take a step further towards personality development.
  6. Balanced approach: Oscillating towards the extremes can be quite demanding. Keep checking your emotions and your thoughts. A balanced approach to anything and everything makes it easier for you to accept success and failure with ease. Balance is also essential to make a distinction among different aspects of life such as work and personal time. Bringing work home disrupts your family or personal time.
  7. Sense of humour: Having a sense of humour is not only good for the health but also acts a stress buster. Being able to laugh at your own is also an endearing quality. Many a times, a laugh in a very stressful situation indeed makes the tension less and eases people around you and enable them to see the situation in a better light.
  8. Continuous learning: Learning new work at office, or teaching your child grammar; fixing a broken car or cooking a dish for your friend…everything is a learning experience. We learn and unlearn consistently. Having a passion to learn things keeps your mind active. Your personality develops and keeps getting better as you learn.
  9. Personal habits: Personal hygiene and habits can make or break our personality. Each of us has our own mannerisms and personal traits that are either bothersome or appealing. Practicing good habits makes a pleasing personality and you will find it easier to be accepted by others.
  10. Creative: Think out of the box, think different, fire your imagination and get creative in whatever you do. Whether planning a vacation or explaining a concept to your team at office. Creativity not only makes life interesting for you but also brings rewards and appreciation from others.

“‘Changing the face’ can change nothing. But “facing the change” can change everything.”

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Being an Active Listener in Public Speaking


The moment we are born, the communication skill we get engaged into is listening. Listening helps us learn our language. And from then, speaking and listening get interrelated. In many situations, it is asked to speak less and listen more but in public speaking, although as a speaker you have to speak more but with that you also have to listen more. Do not confuse listening with hearing. By listening more, we here mean that you should be an active listener. Active listening means that the speaker must realise that you are not just hearing what he is saying but you actually understand him.  Passive listening may occurs when the listener has little motivation to listen carefully to the speaker. On the other hand, active listening is used to gain knowledge or to know others.

In public speaking, your responsibility is not just to inform the audience but also listens to them actively. By listening to the audience, the speaker can analyze if the audience is listening to him and is trying to understand what he is saying.

Here are some traits of an effective, competent and active listener you must consider:

A competent listener:

  • Uses eye contact.
  • Pays attention to a speaker’s verbal and nonverbal behavior.
  • Does not interrupt the speaker.
  • Does not finish the sentence of others.
  • Responds using both verbal and nonverbal expressions as needed.
  • Does not day dream or gets involved in his own thoughts.
  • Asks questions or answers politely and wisely.
  • Does not answer a question with another question.
  • Provides feedback when the speaker is through with speaking.
  • Tries his best understand the speaker.
  • Does not dictate the communication.
  • Shows willingness to listen and interest in the speaker.
  • Keeps the conversation going as per the topic of the speaker and not as per his interest.
  • Does not criticize the speaker.
  • Is open-minded.
  • Spends more time in listening to others than merely talking (although as a presenter, you will certainly be doing most of the talking).

The traits of an inactive/passive listener are surely the opposite of the above ones like:

  • Shows impatience and keeps interrupting the speaker.
  • Does not make eye contact with the speaker.
  • Is preoccupied with his own thoughts.
  • Is always distracted by some matter.
  • Talks continuously.
  • Shows no interest in what the speaker is saying.
  • Provides inadequate or no feedback.
  • Gives unwanted suggestions.
  • Changes the subject of the speaker.

Listening can be the most powerful tool of communication and so there is no way you can ignore it. If you have to good in public speaking, you must be good in listening as well. All the fine public speakers are fine listeners too.

At ‘Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking you are provided training in Public Speaking, Personality Development and Presentation Skills. In this course you will be trained in all those things that are needed to become a public speaker and a presenter. This is the best course for people have problems regarding their communication skills, presentation skills, interacting with people and in presenting themselves in front of public. For more details on the course, visit www.anuragaggarwal.com

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PUBLIC SPEAKING: HOW TO USE A MICROPHONE

 

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using a microphone in public speaking

In public speaking, microphone is an essential instrument. For a public speaker or a presenter, a microphone is a tool to strengthen your voice. It is not an alternative for good vocal expression. It is not capable of making a dull voice interesting. It can only make it louder.

When you are using a microphone, you still have to use your full energy to involve the whole audience and create your identity as a public speaker. Some speakers under pressure may lose expression in their voice. Rehearsing and practising on microphone can be the best way to experiment with volume, pitch, and rhythm to achieve best possible expression. Use vocal variety to ensure that your audience understands and feels the tone of your message.

When you are getting training on public speaking and presentation skills, you cannot afford to miss the know-how of usage of microphone. Here are some tips on using a microphone:

Anurag Aggarwal using microphone

  1. Avoid using a microphone in small gathering. They are usually required when you are addressing more than 100 people.
  2. Microphone can be used in small gathering of 35-50 people depending on the venue; the size of the room, its furniture, the carpet, curtains, height of the ceiling.
  3. If at any time you are confused whether you need the mike or not, go ahead and use it.  By doing so, you will have the set up and you would have the option to switch it off if you feel that it is not needed.
  4. Use a hand held whenever possible as you have more control over your voice while using them. Hold them below your mouth.
  5. Do a sound check. You may ask a technician to set up the sound system and actively control the levels while you speak. It should be seen that levels are appropriate for the size of the room and the audience. In some cases, a technician may set up the system and leave the rest to you. You would have to do the sound check yourself.
  6. Learn how the microphone works. You must know how to turn it on/off. This is necessary to avoid any private comment to be overheard by the audience.
  7. If there is a battery, start your public speaking topic or the presentation with a new battery and have an extra one handy.  You must know how to replace it.
  8. Practice with the microphone before you begin. Test it by saying some words.
  9. In public speaking, you need to stand with good posture. Enable your voice in the microphone by standing straight, aligning your head with your spine.
  10. Twisting or bending the neck gives your voice a disadvantage.
  11. When you are giving a demonstration of a product, you should use a clip-on/hands free microphone.
  12. Your dress is a primary concern when using a clip-on microphone. Wear something with a collar or tie so the mike can be easily clipped to it. A front open jacket or a blouse can do.
  13. Clip the clip-on onto your dress before you get on the stage.
  14. Lavaliere or clip-on mikes are generally placed 8 to 10 inches below the chin, in the center.
  15. Instead of looking at the microphone, look at the audience to catch their attention.
  16. Practice speaking and holding a mike at the same time while using a handheld microphone. Transfer the handheld mike from one hand to the other naturally.
  17. Grip the mike with the whole hand and not with just fingers so as to give it the best look.
  18. Watch the speakers before you on how well is their microphone projecting?  If you think there is something you can learn from them, then learn it.
  19. When it’s your chance to take the podium, you’ve already tested the mike so no need to tap on it or blow into it. Need not to say “Can you hear me?”.  Just begin your talk.
  20. When using a microphone, energize your voice but speak normally.  Don’t speak into the mike, speak past it.
  21. Crowding the microphone will disfigure your posture as well as your voice. Do not get too close to the mike.

In public speaking or in a presentation or in any kind of communication, your first and the foremost goal is to reach your audience. The speaking elements you put into your delivery have everything to do with reaching to that goal. But you must remember that the microphone is only a tool. It won’t turn a poor speech delivery or a presentation into a good one.

All the above techniques are taught and can be practiced in public speaking and presentation skills course offered by Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking. In this course you will be trained in all those things which stop you from growing in your career. This is the best course for people having problems regarding their communication skills, presentation skills, interacting with people and in presenting themselves in front of public. For more details on the course, visit here.

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PRESENTATION SKILLS: TIPS ON GIVING A POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

In today’s world where we see so many big companies, knowledge of PowerPoint to give presentations is of utmost importance. Although not many people, including top hierarchy people have acquaintance with PowerPoint but they try using their impactful presentation skills to give their best.

The following few tips on power-point presentation can give a boost to your business presentations with your presentation skills:

  • Don’t put up too many graphics and other creative thing on your slides. Rather than giving a clear message to the audience, they can be distracting.
  • The audience has come to hear from you and not just to watch the images that you are showing onto a screen. It is necessary to make a strong PowerPoint Presentation, but make sure that your spoken remarks are equally persuasive if you have those presentation skills.
  • Most PowerPoint users simply read the visual presentation to the audience. This should be strictly avoided. It sounds boring. PowerPoint works best with spoken remarks that expand and discuss. This is how audience judges your presentation skills.
  •  A solid background with distinct text and a small logo of the company in the corner is all that you should have.
  • Import images, videos and graphics from the internet instead of sticking to the ones available in the PowerPoint. This would appeal the audience more and you may get even better pictures to suit your topic.
  • Keep your text on the slides crisp, concise, to the point, crystal clear. Do not be verbose.
  • Capitalize only the first letter of each title, bullet or phrase.
  • Do not have more than six bullets per slide. Put as little of text as possible on each bullet.
  • Bullets should not be sentences; they may be phrases. Exclude needless words to keep it brief.
  • Avoid sub-bullets as far as possible.
  • It is important to make only one key point on each slide.
  • ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’, put it together with quotes, graphs etc.
  • Do not overdo animations as again they can distract the minds of the audience.
  • While making a presentation, keep your slide template the same throughout. This would also save your time.
  • Try to distribute handouts at the end of the presentation and not during the presentation unless necessary. Distributing handouts in between the presentation may make the audience busy in reading them and not paying attention to the speaker.
  • Edit your presentation carefully before presenting. Never lose the viewpoint of the audience. If something seems to be unappealing or confusing, edit it ruthlessly. This would improve your presentation.

With the above tips on how to make and give a presentation, and with your presentation skills, you can become a star presenter. You only need to keep these things in mind and practice.

At ‘Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking you are provided training in Public Speaking, Personality Development and Presentation Skills. In this course you will be trained in all those things which are stopping you from growing in your career. This is the best course for people have problems regarding their communication skills, presentation skills, interacting with people and in presenting themselves in front of public. For more details on the course, visit www.anuragaggarwal.com

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HANDLING MISTAKES DURING PUBLIC SPEAKING

We may plan our speech well in advance, we may rehearse it to our best but still mistakes during public speaking will always occur. Mistakes are a part of human life and thus also of public speaking.

What matters is how we handle these unexpected and sudden happenings. This is what would make you an outstanding speaker.

Let us see a few common speech “bloopers” and how you can handle them in a positive way.

ERROR #1- Your Microphone stops working.

This is one error that happens with all public speakers at least once in his career of public speaking. At this time, if you are addressing a group of 100 people or less then it may be quite possible for you to continue your speech even without microphone but if you are speaking before a huge audience then you just cannot continue without a mike. And there is no way out but to wait till someone fixes the mike or arranges for another one.

At this moment, it’s necessary not to lose patience, stay calm and relaxed. There is nothing to be embarrassed. If you would appear balanced at this moment, your audience would also act in the same way.

ERROR #2- You say something inappropriate.

You might just used some wrong words before the audience or might have said something you did not want to say or used foul language. The best way to handle this situation is to apologise the audience instantly without a second thought. Another way could be to make fun of your mistake. If you are creative enough, as is expected in public speaking, you may opt to tell a joke out of it. React spontaneously.

ERROR #3- You are getting the right word.

While speaking, we are sometimes unable to recall the correct vocabulary that could be used for a particular thing. This is also very common in public speaking, generally if the speaker is nervous. In this case when you are temporarily lost for words, you either take a brief pause or insert “ah” “um”. In public speaking, these filler sounds should be avoided and this is possible only when you have a good vocabulary and when you practice your speech extremely well.

ERROR#4: You forgot to get your notes.

There are hundreds of things that need to be remembered on the day of your speech and so there are many chances that you forget a few of them, obviously by chance. And one of these could be that you forget your notes at home.

If anything of this sort happens, you must try contacting someone who may help you to get them. If you do not have enough time to contact a person, then try writing down the required outline of your speech just then. If you practiced your speech well, you would surely be able to recall most of the part of your speech.

ERROR#5: The audience is not as you expected.

As we know, the audience plays a vital role in public speaking and thus it is very important to know and understand the audience. What if you prepared your speech keeping in mind a particular kind of audience but when you started your speech, you do not find your speech suitable for the audience? Here, it will be very important for the speaker to change the speech, speech delivery quickly as per the need and understanding of the audience (without changing the entire topic) so as to grab the interest of the audience.

Never let your audience get to know that you forgot your notes, they d o not even have to know about it. Give them the best even without your notes. Show them your best public speaking and presentation skills.

ERROR#6: You got the Wrong Handouts.

If you got the wrong handouts with you that are not for your current presentation, don’t get disturbed. You can just avoid talking about the handouts while giving the presentation. The audience should not come to know that they were to be given some handouts. This is not something big to deal with in public speaking.

ERROR#7: You Stumble, Hiccups, Sneeze…

We humans may not perfect in the ways we do things.  We may stumble, sneeze, or make over the microphone by chance. But it should not be the end of the world to you. You just have to come out this not so embarrassing moment as soon as possible. The audience will surely forget about the incident.

 

As a public speaker, any of these can happen to you any time. As an outstanding speaker, you must know how to overshadow such situations by your wit and intelligence.

At ‘Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking you are provided training in Public Speaking, Personality Development and Presentation Skills. In this course you will be trained in all those things which are stopping you from growing in your career. This is the best course for people have problems regarding their communication skills, interacting with people and in presenting themselves in front of public. For more details on the course, visit www.anuragaggarwal.com

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