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“Presentation Excellence Basics” Devil’s Dozen

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“Presentation Excellence Basics” Devil’s Dozen by Aliaksej Burnosenka

Short content (cheat-sheet manual) of big training. May be used as short manual for training.

Aims of the tool

1. Made for Project Managers, Youth trainers, Youth workers, Youth leaders.
2. Development of attendee's presentation skills (public speaking, negotiations skills).
3. Brief reminder of the basics of Public Speaking.

Description of the tool

“Presentation Excellence Basics”
Devil’s Dozen.

For everybody who need to present the ideas. For every public speaker.

You may treat this "Presentation Excellence Basics” Devil’s Dozen by Aliaksej Burnosenka as a trainig session plan (expand it up to 8-hours session) if you need to conduct the Public Speaking training session.

This material is made as a list of recommendations to the participants.

So, let's start.

A. Aims, objectives, targets;.
Please think about and pencil:
Personal aims
Your Side/Team aims
The portrait of your audience;
Aims of your audience
Aims of your TG
Problem your TG have
What would change in your TG life
The manipulative “key-phrase”
The benefits your TG will have from it
How the World will become better after your idea implementation

2. Speech-Plan and timing rehearsals;
a. Draw your speech’s draft plan (3 to 7 paragraphs, and 3 to 7 sub-paragraphs within each one)
b. Put additional bombs inside (questions, stories, flirting, intrigues, complements, etc.)
c. Put other types of content (BL tricks, pauses, choreography tricks)
d. Note the planned detailed timing for each paragraph (including bombs and other content)
e. Train your speech alone and check timing
f. Make corrections (edit either your speech/plan or your timing)
g. Train one more time
h. Edit again
i. Train your speech for camera (with video-recording)
j. View record and evaluate yourself
k. Edit your speech/plan
l. Train one more time
m. Edit again
n. Train your speech with live public (friends, colleagues, “corridor people”)
o. Receive feedback
p. Edit your speech/plan
q. Train your speech with live public one more time
r. Edit your speech/plan again
s. God Bless You!

3. Fillers termination;
1) You don’t feel your fillers
2) Someone mark your fillers for you
3) STRESS!!! (you conscious stops your fillers and you hesitate and stressed about the gaps)
4) Pauses instead of fillers, you feel uncomfortable
5) You feel comfortable: beautiful pauses or constant smooth speech
6) New fillers detected

4. Body-language check;
• Do you use at least one gesture for every sentence? ( Y/N )
• Do you change your location at the stage (on the floor) at least once per 3 minutes? ( Y/N )
• Do your gestures enough strict, direct, powerful, sensible and reasonable? ( Y/N )
• Do your Body-Language free of parasitic micro-gestures? ( Y/N )
• Do you change the style of your Body-Language at least every 7 minutes? ( Y/N )
• Do you use your facial mobility? Really? ( Y/N )
• Do you use your head mobility? ( Y/N )
• Do you use your body mobility for empowering your speech? ( Y/N )

5. Eye-Contact check;
• Do you look at the eyes of your audience at least 70% of time of speech? ( Y/N )
• Do you meet the eye-look of left and right endman in both first and last row of seats at hall? ( Y/N )
• Do you shuffle your eye-look position within all the area of your audience seats? ( Y/N )
• Do you stare at people’s eyes not more than for 0.2 second? ( Y/N )

6. Emotional pattern and it’s escalation;
a) Find the keyword in sentence, the main word there.
b) Make a great emphasis at this keyword. It may be more than one keywords
c) Make an enormous, crazy, grotesque emphasis at this keyword, with all the enormous and grotesque Body-Language, intonation, choreography, gestures
d) Roll back to “socially acceptable” level of emotions
e) Go to the next sentence and repeat from the beginning

7. Basic Bombs: entertaining and engaging;
• Story / “When I have just been going to you…”
• Questions;
• Complement;
• Verbal mode changes;
• Gestures changes;
• Facial mobility;
• Choreography changes;
• Rhetoric changes;
• Ask for Assistance;
• Pauses;
• Jokes;
• Quotes;
• Shocking numbers;
• Live emotions;
• Expert speech;
• Drama;
• Experience;
• Experiment;
• Provocation;
• Discussion;
• Good Cop / Bad Cop;
• Visualization (Picture / Video)
• Other representative systems;
• Group activities;
• Flirting with audience;
• Language;
• Contrast Semantic Irritant;
• Decoy-duck;
• Truth / Live Emotions;
• Promise / Intrigue;
• Shock;
• Sex;
• Counter-example;
• Other ways;

8. Effective beginning
1) Starts long before your appearance on stage
2) Pause and other ways of attention concentration
3) Warm-up (Joke, Story, Activity, etc.)
4) Presentation of presentation
5) Questions and public analysis
6) Start

9. Emergency Preparation Plan;
1) Define aims (you need 1…20 seconds);
2) Define audience (you need 5…40 seconds);
3) Build a short plan (you need 10…40 seconds);
4) Build first minutes (you need 10…80 seconds);
5) Go (you need 0 seconds);

10. Stress reduction;
1) Physical activity method;
2) Speaking through own thoughts and feelings;
3) Shake (hands, palms, feet);
4) Meditation (Waves);
5) Rabbits;
6) Meditation: earthing;

11. Audience analysis;
1) Age
2) Sex
3) Positions
4) Targets
5) Leaders
6) Appearance design
7) Dynamic of interest
8) Cycles of audience attention

12. Challenging questions preparation;

1) Baskets technique
• Structure all possible questions in “case-baskets”
• Develop the best answer (explanation) for every “case-basket”
• During your speech if the question are from basket – use prepared text.
• And add some “beautiful words”

2) Questions self-design method
• Design in advance three very good questions (may be more);
• Design the best, the most beautiful and useful answers for it;
• Design in advance three really bad, undesirable questions for yourself;
• Design nevertheless the best, the most beautiful and useful answers for it;
• During speech use good answers for good questions, and good answers for bad questions;
• At the end, if there is some time left and some “Good Questions” are unused, use them like “There are the really frequent question for me about…” and then answer it;

3) Ways to avoid embarrassing questions
• Reflection;
• Acceptation;
• Avoiding;
• Redirecting;
• Redirecting to public;
• Disregard;

13. Technical Supply tricks;
1) More, MORE copies of Presentation;
2) Cheat-sheet on paper;
3) Trainings with microphone in advance;
4) Trainings with hands-free set;
5) GTT and GTW;
6) Polycom;
7) Projector tricks;

Tip: Create Two Contingency Plans
If you’re like me, “what if?” is your biggest source of anxiety: what if your PowerPoint presentation fails, someone constantly interrupts, or your opening falls flat? Pick two of your biggest fears and create contingency plans. What will you do if the projector fails? What will you do if the meeting runs long and you only have a few minutes to speak? The effort won’t be wasted because the more you think through different scenarios, the better you can think on your feet if something truly unexpected occurs.

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Tool overview

This tool is for

Made for Project Managers, Youth trainers, Youth workers, Youth leaders.

and addresses

Social Inclusion, Youth Initiatives, YOUTH in ACTION (YiA) programme, Project Management, Youth Participation

It is recommended for use in:

Training and Networking
Strategic Partnerships

Materials needed:

White-board markers;


0.5 - 8 hours of face-to-face training;

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Aliaksej Burnosenka (trainer of trainers. just trainer, youth worker, public speaking expert)

in the context of

Aliaksej Burnosenka (trainer of trainers. just trainer, youth worker, public speaking expert)

The tool has been experimented in

Commercial companies

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Aliaksej Burnosenka (on 25 May 2017)

and last modified

21 May 2015

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