1. HAVE A CLEAR OBJECTIVE.
As a school teacher, I learned the value of having an objective for every lesson or presentation I taught. This applies whether you are presenting your products and opportunity or training your team. Know what outcome you want; be very clear on your intent; be specific. For example, my objective for this article is: “Each reader will develop better presentation skills and more enjoyment in presenting, which will result in greater sales and sponsoring.”

 

2. CAST YOUR VISION.
Nothing captures an audience more than a clear, compelling vision. Knowing what it is you want and articulating that vision will keep people listening to your every word. It is important to envision the process as well as the end result, and to project that vision onto the movie screen of your listeners’ minds. Take a few minutes to focus on a clear, compelling vision of the profession, where your company is going, a vision for yourself, your organization and the leaders on your team. Your vision will transfer to them.

 

3. BELIEVE IN A BIG WAY.
Belief fuels us with the energy, enthusiasm and confidence to project a powerful image. It draws people to us like a magnet, leaving them wanting what we have. It is not about convincing; it’s about being convinced. You have an incredible gift that changes lives. Knowing that the right people will recognize and embrace that gift releases you from the outcome and lets you take on a powerful posture.

 

4. COME FROM CONTRIBUTION.
See yourself as a giver, not a taker. Give thought, meditation or prayer to those who will hear your presentation. Think about who they are, what they need and how you can make a difference for them. Make it all about them; see yourself as the conduit for them to receive what they need and want. This allows you to align your spirit and purpose with your highest good and put your heart in the right place. Remember, your communication’s impact is largely non-verbal, coming from your heart and true intent.

 

5. KEEP THEM INVOLVED.
If they say it, they own it. Ask questions that stimulate thinking and allow them to come up with the answers. Use word pictures that allow them to picture what you’re saying and succinct, carefully-thought-out phrases that highlight benefits. Stories they can relate to and memorable object lessons will stay with them long after your talk is over.

 

6. ENJOY THE MOMENT! You will pass this way but once, so do it in joy. Be grateful and express it. Have fun and show it! It will be contagious!

 

PHOEBE JAMES is a
former school teacher and
a network marketing leader.