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Advocate-Inquire-Repeat

Monday, September 26th, 2011

A-I-R

It sounds like breathing again! But it is more than that.  When you present a proposal that you would like others to act on, remember to expose your ideas to influencers and decision makers prior to the presentation.

Advocate: promote your idea

Inquire: ask what others think (colleagues, partners, and customers)

Repeat: revise your idea based on the responses, and repeat the process

Advocate Inquire Repeat

This is a method for testing your ideas prior to presenting them to a larger audience.  You will refine your ideas with each successive iteration of the A-I-R process.  When you finally present your ideas to a larger audience, be sure to address any concerns and to give proper credit for enhancements to the initial ideas.

Until next time, remember, prepare for your audience!

Breathe!

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Proper breathing is essential for a good presentation delivery.

Try this exercise: breathe in, then exhale completely.  Then try to speak.  You’ll probably make some sounds, but they are not strong.  That is what happens to your voice when you run out of breath. You will also limit the supply of oxygen to your brain—definitely not good for speaking!

Practice breath control at home.  Avoid shallow, throat breathing.  Take deep breaths. Here is an exercise you can do to improve your breathing:

Breathing Exercise:

  • Stand with your feet a comfortable shoulder width apart.
  • Keep your knees unlocked. Support the weight of your body through your hips and legs.
  • Consciously release and relax your shoulders.
  • If you’re holding your stomach in, let it go.
  • Place your hands on your stomach.
  • Breathe in through your nose to a slow count of four. As you inhale, feel your diaphragm rising. Breathe out through your mouth to the count of four and now feel your diaphragm expanding.
  • Do several rounds of inhale and exhale to a four count while making sure you keep your shoulders, stomach and legs relaxed.
  • Once you have mastered the four count, increase it. Through regular practice you will soon be able to extend it for an eight or ten count.

See Write-Out-Loud.com for more exercises, and enjoy your next presentation!