I. Engage your audience

II. Use a SYSTEM to improve yourself

III. START to structure your presentation



I. Engage your audience

Position audience

  1. Ask tie-down questions to secure ‘yes’es
  2. The more ‘yes’es you get the more engaged your audience
  3. Ask with “may be” to not undermine the audience ego

“May be you want to become better at presentations…”


Position subject

  1. Divide your stage into three vertical areas (pain, gain and solution)
  2. Position yourself in “pain” area as you touch the pains
  3. Position yourself in “gain” area as you touch the gains
  4. Position yourself in “solution” area as you reveal the solution


Position time

  1. Call the audience to action (CTA)

“There’s no better time than now to improve your presentation skills”.


Position self

  1. Use a SYSTEM to position yourself


II. Use a SYSTEM to improve yourself


  1. Position your audience in ‘Foveal’ vision (i.e. your audience should be in the focus).
  2. Position yourself in ‘Peripheral’ vision (i.e. you should be in the background).
  3. Take 10 deep breaths (the more afraid you’re the smaller you become. the smaller you become the harder it is to breathe)
  4. Silence is golden



  1. Avoid
  •   – negativity
  •   – complaining
  •   – lying
  •   – dogmatism
  1. Do
  •   + honesty
  •   + authenticity
  •   + integrity
  •   + love

(look up Julian Treasure TED talks)



  1. Stand shoulder width
  2. Point your feet towards the audience
  3. Chin neutral (may be slightly down)
  4. Hands near belly button
  5. Chest out, shoulder back



  1. Sage (consistent and authentic) – use when sharing knowledge
  2. Warrior (loud, short, punchy) – use when calling to action
  3. Lover (soft, caring) – use to show empathy and emotion



Eye contact

  1. Maintain eye contact with an individual for 3-5 seconds (don’t spray eye contact)
  2. Look into the camera occasionally (if there is one)



  1. Move with purpose (move – say – stop, in other words movement as a punctuation)
  2. Divide your stage into 2 horizontal areas (context and story)
  3. Use a context area to zoom in (give important message, share knowledge…)
  4. Use a story area to zoom out (give a holistic view, tell stories…)

(look up hand gestures of Obama)



III. START to structure your presentation


  1. Salting means making people thirsty (to anticipate what comes next)


Transformational teaching

  1. Ask questions (pull knowledge)
  2. Tell them to write it down (pls write it down.. This is important)
  3. Share believe-based context (that is what speaker believes, not the actual facts)



  1. Anchor USA (unbiased experience, story and activity)



  1. Say “YOU” (instead of ‘we’) when you want your audience to relate to something



  1. Remember the story of ‘Fix the man – fix the world’, and ‘Spotlight effect (opportunities hidden in plain sight)

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