7 Speaking Trends — How to Make a Powerful Presentation Today

The fundamentals of a great speech stay the same. (Develop one strong idea. Focus on the audience. Be authentic, clear, and committed.) But styles change with time. These are the latest trends in speeches and presentations.

1. Keep it Short

People want information, but they’re already overwhelmed by too much information. If you give them what they need to know in a way they can quickly understand and apply, they’ll love you. Get to the heart of the matter in as few words as possible. Say what you have to say. And stop speaking — even if you haven’t spoken for the allotted time.

2. Let’s Get Personal.

In this age of Oprah, interactive websites, and blogs, formal presentations are out. Instead, savvy speakers are speaking conversationally. They’re less likely to “make a speech,” more likely to talk to their audiences. They move away from podiums. They use personal stories and anecdotes. They say I and you, we and us. They encourage audience interaction.

3. Simple Is Chic.

Sophisticated technology is simple — at least for the end user. A point-and-shoot camera takes in all sorts of data and makes innumerable, complex calculations so you don’t have to. Successful speakers do the same thing. They do their research. They decide what’s important. And they present what the audience needs to know in a way the audience gets.

4. The Love Affair with PowerPoint(TM) Is Over.

Audiences are no longer wowed by PowerPoint(TM). They take it for granted, and if anything they’re a little bored by it. Use it as a tool, a way of presenting information. But don’t let it upstage you. Keep yourself up front and personal.

5. Recycling Is Good for What Ails You.

Creating a good speech takes a lot of time. So once you’ve created a presentation, reuse it. Don’t think you have to come up with something new for each occasion. You can give the exact same speech word for word to a different audience, and it becomes a different speech. Take bits and pieces from one presentation and repackage them. Trim a 45-minute in-depth presentation into a 15-minute overview of your topic. Or use your 15-minute overview as an outline for a longer presentation.

6. Mark your Territory.

It’s almost impossible to come up with something brand new and original to talk about. After all, how many news ways are there to make a sales, a speech, or a successful relationship? Winning speakers take the best of what’s already known and make it new by making it their own. They put their own spin on it, using a unique (and consistent) choice of words and phrasing. Think Chicken Soup for the Soul, the One-Minute Manager, and Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. New stuff or clever packaging?

7. Everyone Wants a Security Blanket.

It’s a scary world, and people are afraid of losing what they have. They want something or someone who will make them feel safe. If you’re going to challenge them to change, you need to show them why. And you need to reassure them that what they get will be better than what they leave behind. Threats — implied or explicit — will make people react in the moment, but they won’t sustain people’s long-term efforts.

Fire safety design requirements every school should incorporate

Thus, it is of paramount importance for every student, school authority, and teacher to know how well the school is prepared to deal with such situations. In case they are not, need to think about the design requirements one should incorporate in suggestion with the school architects of Delhi.

If you are planning to make changes in your school design, we have listed the government guidelines for schools that can help prevent the fire and steps you should follow in case of fire. The do’s and don’ts list is stated below.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority of India (NDMA), every school must abide by certain rules and regulations in order to prevent fire outbreaks and ensure safety. Several authorities and school architects in Delhi suggest that fire prevention and safety measures must be a part of the initial school design and should be regularly maintained.

Here are some pointers that must be ensured by every school as a safety precaution:

The flammable and hazardous materials sources should be isolated, limited, or secured somewhere safe. This includes electrical lines, heaters and stoves, natural gas pipelines and LPG canisters, and combustible liquids. These are a few things that can be done to prevent smoke inhalation in case of fire:
Exit routes need to be clear to facilitate safe evacuation in case of fire or other emergencies.
Make sure that fire extinguishers are regularly checked and filled.
The detection and alarm system must be working.
Other firefighting materials and sources are up-to-date.
The electrical systems that are there should be operable, in compliance with fire safety design criteria.
In addition to the guidelines mentioned above, here are few points that you must keep in mind:

As a thumb rule, fire drills need to be held regularly while school is in session.
An adult or a student buddy should be assigned to students with specific needs. The same rule applies to preschoolers.
Several school architects in Delhi suggest that every room in the school should have a map identifying two ways out.
Make sure that every single student, along with staff and teachers must be aware of the safety precautions and steps to follow in case of a fire outbreak.
Conduct safety audits like an electric audit – checking electrical systems by an electrician. Then comes the fire audit which involves checking for possible sources of fire and identifying inflammable items within the school premises.

Conclusion

Schools must remain a safe haven for kids where they can learn and develop. However, a secure environment requires everyone from teachers to parents to play a role in fire safety. From installing the right fire suppression system in place to conducting drills and making sure egress paths are clear, compliance with model fire codes is vital and the school architect must take care of it while designing.

The Power of Being Present Now

I just lost what I considered an inspired blog post by pushing a wrong button on my computer. Poof- gone, no thanks to autosave. I have to decide whether to reconstruct it or not. I know what it said and what message it conveyed, but I now get to reconsider whether I should rewrite it… Is the message worth conveying enough to take the time to do it?

Sometimes in life things, opportunities and people disappear- poof! and we don’t get that chance to interact with them again. Then we are left to wonder whether we have done enough so far anyway, or whether it’s worth doing it over again, if we can.

I guess to live a life with fewest regrets it comes down to living as fully in each moment as possible. Not always easy, even if we know the formula. It takes a fair amount of personal focus, mental discipline and emotional steadiness. And just plain old not being distracted; not an easy feat in our uber-tantalizing consumer oriented sound-bite society. I know in my case I can be fully present- in fact for me it’s part of getting into my creative flow zone….except I’m often present at multiple things at once. So….does that dilute the formula? Yes, AND I also experience lots more than many people. But I suspect there are trade-offs over time in depth of certain experiences. Mostly in relationships, or in any area where you desire mastery, because they take consistent investments of attention and intention over time.

Maybe I’m thinking of this because we recently passed the birthday of my now deceased older brother. He died rather suddenly, poof, and we never got a chance to say goodbye. No second chance, except in the vibrational world. Worse, we had assumed we’d both be there for each other for a long time, so unwittingly squandered the time we had. Oh well. I can’t rectify that relationship, but I bet I can do something with the ones in front of me now.

Regret is best designed out ahead of time and involves investment in being present in your chosen focus areas, be they relationships or projects. It takes mental discipline which must be built up over time, but the rewards are rich and well worth the investment.

Right now, set your timer for 2 minutes, then close your eyes, sit still, and breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose then slowly out your mouth. Pay attention to your body sensations, notice what sounds your hear in your environment, and tune in to how your mind is behaving. If you actually concentrate like this for 2 minutes a day, very soon you are thinking and acting from a more grounded position of power. Now that’s worth investing in!