June 2017 archive

presenting without a projector or teleprompter

Today’s topic is how to report without a teleprompter or projector. I think for most presentations or reports they will show you what you need to say, but in case they don’t that could be an issue because you may worry about what to say if it is not given to you.

if they don’t give the words to you, or even if they do, before your presentation, look thru what you are going to say. Figure out what the main points are and try to remember them. Even if you don’t know them exactly, try to remember the main points and ideas. This way, if the presentation isn’t given to you, you can still be prepared to give a successful report or presentation.

What about you? Have you ever had to do a report or presentation without a projector or teleprompter? What helped you? Did you still remember the main ideas of what you were presenting? Was it still successful? Did the audience understand the story based on what you told them? Let me know in the comments.

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how to give a report or presentation

Today’s topic is how to give a report or presentation. You will probably have a script or projector so you know what to say, but people still have issues with what to say sometimes or how to say them. They don’t know how to make it personal and not like they’re reading it from a script. This is how to do an effective report or presentation.

When giving a presentation, you generally follow the script. But if there’s comments you can think of that are appropriate to make the story personal you can add them. Also when you’re reading the prewritten text, read it with emotion. Figure out what emotions people will be feeling that are hearing the story for the first time and read the story accordingly. It takes practice, but soon you will be a very successful reporter and presenter.

What about you? How do you give presentations or reports? What do you do to make them more personal or have more feeling to them? Let me know in the comments.

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reporting on something you don’t believe in

Today’s topic is how to report on a story that supports something you don’t believe in. Everyone has different beliefs, and there are so many drastic ones nowadays, so it is easy to come across something that you don’t believe in for whatever reason. This can be an issue because people don’t know how to go about talking about something if they don’t believe in it.

If you have to report on something you don’t believe in, such as minority groups, controversial topics such as abortion, or something that goes against your religious or political views, remember that just because you’re reporting the story doesn’t mean you have to believe it. Also, there are people in the audience out there that do believe it, and you have to serve those audience members too by reporting the story. It would be unfair if you didn’t report stories that some audience members want to hear simply because you don’t believe in them.

What about you? Have you ever had to give a presentation or report a story on something you didn’t believe in? What was it? What helped you get thru? Did you change your beliefs at all because of the experience? Let me know in the comments.

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reporting a sad story

Today’s topic is how to report a sad story. When you are a news reporter, you have to talk about a bunch of different kinds of stories, and some of them will be sad ones. Someone died, someone hurt someone or killed someone, another terrorist attack happened somewhere. These ones are examples of sad stories. People have trouble talking about sad things because they don’t want to cry especially in front of everyone, and they don’t want to think about sad things because that is an uncomfortable thing for anyone to do.

If you have to report a sad story, read or rehearse thru it before giving the presentation. This will help you to become familiar with the story so you are not surprised or shocked by any sad things in it. Also, this way, if something makes you want to cry, you can cry when you’re reading thru it instead of finding out everything on camera and crying in front of everyone. If you do end up crying on camera, try to compose yourself, and bite your cheek to keep from crying. This works for laughing and for keeping yourself from crying too. Say excuse me and ask for a tissue or get one if you need one. If you really can’t finish the presentation, they will try to get someone else to take over for you.

What about you? Did you ever have to report a sad story? Did something ever make you cry on camera? What was it? What did you do? What happened? Let me know in the comments.

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writing a resume

Today’s topic is how to write a resume. Writing a resume is very important no matter what job you are applying for. The potential employers will use your resume to determine whether or not you are the employee they are looking for based on your qualifications. Some people have trouble writing a resume because they don’t know what all to put on it, or they are afraid to talk about themselves too much. This will teach you what to put on an effective resume.

The main things you put on a resume are your previous work history, your educations history, your skills, contact information and languages. Your work history will show them how much work experience you’ve had and what kinds of things you did at your previous jobs that will determine what you would be good at if you were hired at this one. Your education history shows how much schooling you completed, because most employers want to hire people who have completed a college degree. This shows how book smart and dedicated you are. Your skills are there to show them what you are good at. Companies have a bunch of different positions. Your skills will show them what position works best for you. Also, don’t be afraid listing all your skills will come off as self centred. Resumes are one place you kind of need to be self centred to show everyone what you can do, because that is how they know whether or not they will be hiring you. Contact information is included because if they decide to hire you, they won’t let you know right away. Once they have made their decision, they will use your contact information to reach you and let you know whether or not they are hiring you. Lastly, languages are included if the person speaks more than one because there may be certain positions that require speaking more than one language, and this shows the employers who all meets that qualification. One website that makes it very easy for you to fill out a resume is ResumeBuilder. I have used that website before to write my resume and it is very helpful and it spells everything out for you.

What about you? Have you written your first resume? What was hard or easy for you? Did you get hired by a company after they viewed your resume? Let me know in the comments.

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laughing at inappropriate times

Today’s topic is laughing at inappropriate times. Sometimes when you are doing a story on a broadcasting platform, something will be in the story that strikes you as entertaining in that moment, but it’s not really supposed to be, and you aren’t supposed to start laughing at that moment. Maybe the story is a really serious one, or you are the only one who would understand the reason for laughter. This can be an issue because many people don’t know how to refrain from laughing when it is a really bad time to do so.

What you should do to not laugh inappropriately is to in your head remind yourself of the seriousness of the story. If something bad happened, remind yourself of the families and people affected by the tragedy. Also, they say to bite the inside of your cheek when you want to keep yourself from laughing or crying. If you do end up laughing before you can stop it, just clear your throat and say excuse me, and go back to reporting, reminding yourself of the sad parts of the story. This is a way to handle the situation professionally. If you seem like you should, you can explain the reason for the sudden outburst of laughter, but you don’t have to.

What about you? Have you ever inappropriately laughed during a presentation? How did you handle it? Do you agree with the ways talked about here? Let me know in the comments.

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instructional presentations

Today I will talk about how to give instructional presentations, or “how to do a how to”. This is important for communications media majors because one of the different kinds of presentations you may be asked to do is an instructional one, where you are teaching your audience how to do something. Some people have problems with this one because like the persuasion one, they don’t want to come across as bossy, or they are worried they will mess up or tell people the wrong directions, or not follow them right. This is how to do an effective “how to”, or instructional presentation.

When you do an instructional presentation, once again (this basically goes for any kind of presentation you do), before you present it to your audience, read thru or rehearse thru what you are saying. Make sure you can easily follow the directions yourself, and you know all the steps to doing whatever you are teaching how to do successfully. Then, figure out what parts of the directions may be a little hard for people who are new at the activity to follow. Maybe it’s something you had trouble with when you first learned the activity. If you find a particularly difficult to follow direction, figure out ahead of time how to explain that direction a little differently than other ones, and make it more easier to understand. You should make sure all your steps are easy to understand, but pay special attention to the more difficult to follow ones. Don’t worry about sounding bossy, because you are the one that knows how to do the activity; the audience doesn’t know how to do it. They are learning from you. And if you do make a mistake, own up to it and let the audience know you did something wrong, but don’t dwell on it. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, and if you do make one, admit to it, but then quickly shake it off and show them the right way to do the activity. When you do an instructional presentation, there is a special feeling you get more so than when you do other kinds of presentations. With instructional ones, you get a proud feeling, because you are helping someone learn something new and teaching them. Teachers regularly get this feeling and this privilege. If you find yourself liking this presentation style more than other ones, maybe a future in teaching is for you.

What about you? Have you ever done a “how to” presentation? Have you ever made a mistake on one? Were you nervous? What did you do to help get thru it? What did you teach them how to do? Did they successfully learn it? Did it go successfully? Did it make you feel good inside knowing you taught them something new? Let me know in the comments.

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things that aren’t of interest to you

Today I’m talking about how to talk about things that aren’t of interest to you. Sometimes in communications media, you have to talk about things that don’t necessarily interest you. This is a problem for some people because they find it hard to talk with emotion about things they don’t really care about. This is a way to talk about those topics more effectively.

One way to address topics that don’t interest you is to once again, read thru or rehearse thru your presentation and find out what the important parts of the story are. Even if the story doesn’t interest you, you should still be able to find out what thoughts are important and the main ones. Once you do this, you will be able to figure out what needs to be addressed in your presentation with more emotion and what needs to be emphasised. Even if it doesn’t interest you, you may have to pretend it does a little bit when you get to the important parts. If you just can’t do that, just remember that even though it doesn’t interest you, it interests some people in your audience who really want to hear the story and especially the important parts. Thinking of them should help you.

What about you? Have you ever had to do a presentation on something that doesn’t interest you? What got you thru? Do you think this is helpful? Let me know in the comments.

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persuasion

Another issue people sometimes have is how to persuade in speech or writing. This will show you how to be more successful in persuasion. The reasons people have problems with it is that they know what position they stand for, but they don’t know how to make people more interested in the position or maybe they don’t want to come across as too bossy, forcing people to take their opinions. This is a way to be more successful and effective in persuasion.

A way to fix this issue is to once again read thru your presentation or rehearse thru it before you present it. When you do this, figure out which thoughts are the most important to persuade the audience in what your position is. It helps if the position is something you truly believe in too, but even if it isn’t one, you will still be able to figure out what points are the important ones. When you are presenting and you get to these important points, emphasise them, and look your audience in the eye whilst you explain why this position is so important to you. Also, don’t worry about coming across as bossy to the audience. The whole purpose of the persuasion presentation is to try to get your audience to see the positions as you see them.

What about you? Have you ever done a persuasion presentation? Was it easy for you? Was the position something you truly believed in? How did your audience react? Were you successful in persuading them? What helped you thru the presentation? Let me know in the comments.

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speaking with emotion

Today I’m going to talk about how to speak with emotion. This is a useful thing to learn how to do when you are a communications media major because you will be talking to different groups of people on different topics, and you need to know how to make the topics sound exciting, even if they aren’t of the greatest interest to you. People have trouble with this sometimes because if a topic isn’t of great interest to them, they don’t know how to make other ones interested in the topic if they aren’t even interested in it. And even if they are, they don’t always know how to convey that excitement in their voice thru to their audience. This is a way you can learn how to convey more excitement and emotion in your presentations.

One way that I would suggest is to read thru the piece you’re going to say, or rehearse it thru in your head if it isn’t written down. Do this before you present it. When you’re looking thru the speech, find what sentences and thoughts express sadness, happiness, surprise, or any other emotion. Even if the topic or thought isn’t something that would make you feel that emotion, figure out what emotion the speech is trying to convey, and find out what thoughts would support that emotion for people that are expected to have it. For example, say you were giving a speech on the global population that was supposed to convey surprise at exactly how many people exist in the world today. Even if you’ve read thru the notes for your speech many times and aren’t surprised by the numbers anymore because you’ve been rehearsing it so many times, imagine you are hearing your speech as an audience member, Imagine that the time of your presentation is the first time you’re ever hearing the information. Figure out what thoughts would surprise people who are hearing it for the first time, such as how many people are in the world today compared with earlier years. Then, when you give the presentation, read those thoughts and numbers with the emotion you would expect people would have who are just finding this information out.

In order to convey surprise or excitement, talk louder and smile like you’re giving someone the most amazing news. If you’re conveying sadness, talk lower, but not so low that the audience can’t hear what you’re saying, and talk like you’re giving someone really bad news. In a nutshell, before your presentation, read or rehearse thru your speech and find out what emotions it conveys, and recite it with the emotions you think that people would feel who are hearing the information for the first time, even if you aren’t personally feeling those emotions too.

What about you? Do you think this is helpful? Are you someone who can read with emotion easily? What do you do that makes it easy for you? Let me know in the comments.

Don’t forget to tell all your other friends who are pursuing a communications career to visit this blog for the answers to all their issues!

 

 

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