This week I want to go back to basics and talk about presentation skills. It's taken as read that in-person presenting, getting up in front of an audience, is something that takes practice and skill. But, many people underestimate presenting to the microphone and how much your style can change and improve with a little knowledge and practice.
Today I'm talking to John Colley from the Online Learning Podcast about just that – how to speak in front of the mic, and whether face to face speaking skills translate to the microphone. You'll learn how different Podcast presenting actually is, but what we can take from traditional presenting to improve our technique. You'll also find a huge array of tips around interviewing, planning and presenting, all of which are keys aims of Series 4 of PodCraft.
Here’s some of the great stuff you’ll learn in this episode:
- John’s two approaches in presenting and how he base his approach with his audience
- John’s interview preparations and techniques
- John’s tips on talking on the microphone
- How he structure and organise his interviews
- The difference between solo podcast and presenting in terms of delivery and presentation
- How important it is to keep the energy, pace, intonation and voice sound natural
- How story telling put life to John’s interviews
- How important a regular podcast format to guests
- How John prefers action over anecdote during his presentations
- John’s tips and techniques to sound good on the microphone
Mentioned on this episode:
This is John’s blog where he offers up a huge array of information on getting more traffic, leads and sales in your business.
John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire
John Colley mentioned John Lee Dumas’s structured format to his interviews which makes his interviewees aware of what to expect. I talked to John Lee Dumas on a previous episode where he shared his podcast planning strategies.
Udemy, a huge online learning platform where anyone can release their own course, is possibly the main focus of John's podcast. The majority of courses he covers are hosted on Udemy, and you can find the Podcast itself here.
Let Me Know What You Think
I’d love to know what you think of the content. Drop me answers to the following questions in the comments:
- How do you plan a presentation?
- How do you present with a microphone?
- What do you think of when you’re presenting?
- What techniques do you use to make sure you’re authentic and engaging when there’s actually nobody in the room with you?
See you next time!