Advice to Be Passionate Usually Misses the Mark. Four Ways to Bring the Right Amount Emotion to Your Presentation.

People are puzzled by how much feeling to use in a presentation. Calls to be “more passionate” or “less emotional” usually miss the mark. Here are 4 ways to give your speaking the right vibe.

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Don’t Try to Relax and Be Comfortable when Giving a Presentation. Embrace Stress.

Presenters often seek advice on how to eliminate the stress and anxiety of speaking in public. This is the wrong approach. Rather than making comfort your goal, make performance your goal, and make stress your friend. Here’s why:

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Calls to End PowerPoint are Wrongheaded

A few years ago, it was reported that Jeff Bezos banned PowerPoint from Amazon meetings. Instead of slide decks, he enforced a system of written, six-page briefs. In this format, meetings begin with a silent, half-hour reading of the briefing document. Then everyone is equally informed before the discussion begins. I actually love this idea, and I do similar exercises with my own students. Like a study hall, an obligatory silent read in a group setting ensures people will not get distracted from the most relevant content to be discussed.

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The Greatest Orator in World History Began as a Failure. Here’s How He Changed.

I like stories of failure. I like to read about people who lose everything, who end up completely alone, and who are then forced to reinvent themselves from the bottom up, not because I enjoy other people’s misery, but because I would like to believe I could do the same if I had to. D.H. Lawrence wrote, “the brightest light throws also the darkest shadow.” When we see the great luminaries of humankind, we often forget that their successes may hide dark pasts, filled with failure and embarrassment. That’s why I love the story of Demosthenes.

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