Improve your Conversation Skills to be a Better Presenter

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In her enormously popular Ted talk, Celeste Headlee gives us 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation. It’s a hugely entertaining and easy-to-listen-to talk, that proposes simple ideas with far-reaching potential; ideas that the presenter must take note of if he is to truly understand his audience and design a presentation that is a perfect fit.

The key is to listen, really listen. True listening is hard work. It takes energy and effort to not let your mind wander, but to be present, in that moment, 100%. True listening also means setting aside one’s self and one’s personal opinions, but if you can do that your audience will feel engaged, inspired and understood. And you will have made a real connection. Who knows what you might learn.

If you haven’t seen the talk yet, we strongly recommend that you watch it here:


Rosie Hoyland

Commissioning Editor at Presentation Guru
Rosie was the Commissioning Editor at Presentation Guru. She is a writer and content creator and has worked for many years as a print and digital designer.

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