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Presentation Secrets: Do What you Never Thought Possible With Your Presentations by Alexei Kapterev

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SUMMARY

The key points to remember from this chapter are as follows:

  • Passion is very difficult to fake. Today's public speakers are not professional actors. They are managers, scientists, and experts. It is very difficult to show passion onstage when you have no passion for your job. If you don't like your job, you will never look believable as a presenter. Get yourself the job you like.
  • Don't be afraid to get into a discussion. Discussions are much more interesting than monologues, and you will look much more passionate when there's something important at stake. Don't be afraid to confront, polarize, or offend the audience. Don't do it deliberately, but don't avoid it, either. Sometimes, this is what needs to be done.
  • Controversy is interesting. If nobody's objecting, that means that you're not saying anything particularly interesting. Occasionally, you will lose the argument. This is a good thing, too. That's motivation to improve your knowledge and argumentation.
  • Imitate to find your own style. Whenever you encounter a presentation you like, try imitating it. This is a great way of discovering your personal style, finding out what you can and cannot do onstage. Record your imitations and compare them to the originals. What's the difference? What might suit you better? Borrow not just from presenters but also from stage performers in other fields.

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