What type of talks do you give? Are they about diseases? Are they about laying people off? Are they about problems in people’s lives? If so, then you should not smile during your presentation. Smiling when discussing serious or life-threatening situations is obviously inappropriate.
But most of us do not give those types of talks — yet many people never, ever, crack a smile. But it’s important! You say to me, “Right, Claudyne, I’ll just break into a grin when I get to the third point I’m discussing.” Not exactly. As you look at your talk you will see topics and points that lend themselves to a flicker of a smile and sometimes an actual grin, to show how excited, happy, or pleased you are to share this point.
When you smile, you relax and appear more at ease. And when you are more at ease, your audience is too, and is generally more responsive to you and your content. That leads to more sales, more agreement to your department’s plans, and a higher opinion of your capabilities.
Claudyne Wilder coaches executives, managers, and salespeople on how to deliver presentations that get to the message. Her clients give compelling, passionate presentations. Her company has an ongoing contract to give her Get to the Message: Present with a Purpose workshop at a Fortune 100 Global Pharmaceutical Company. Claudyne brings a unique and invigorating perspective to her work from her years of studying the Argentine Tango.
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