Those of you who follow us will know only too well that our passion at Mindful Presenter is simply presenting, nothing more and nothing less.
We teach it every day and write about it every week.
The really exciting thing about the Mindful Presenter philosophy is that we are continually learning from fellow coaches, consultants, trainers and of courses speakers. With that in mind we thought it appropriate to include a few of our favourite excerpts from other publications.
Each of the following extracts from Inc.com have served in their own way to help us as Mindful Presenters to consider the impact we have on our audience. I hope they will go some way to helping you to raise the bar on your own presentation performance:
1. Present like a GPS, not like a road map
“A GPS shows you just the information you absolutely need to know at that moment. The key is simplicity, anticipation, and transitions. A road map shows you every possible bit of information. Remember that you’re telling a story which your audience needs to be able to navigate; less is more. Tell your audience where you’re taking them and why, describe the waypoints on the journey, and then tell them what they learned along the way to help them move forward.”
2. Check Your Ego at the Door
“ Audiences do not come to see a presenter brag about his or her accomplishments — they come to learn something new. Focus your talks on lessons your audience can take away and check your ego at the door.”
3. Avoid sameness of anything
“Sameness is the enemy of the speaker; sameness of pitch, volume, and speed; sameness of gesture; sameness of stance; sameness of types of information, like all facts, all opinions, or nothing but stories.
Move adroitly back and forth between all these.”
4. Cut your material
“Most presenters try to cover way too much in the time allotted.
Cut out everything that’s not essential to your talk. Even if a presentation is great, the audience will only retain a few main points. Resist the urge to include something just because you think it sounds nice.
Does it relate to your main theme? Will it majorly contribute to accomplishing your main purpose?
When in doubt, leave it out.”
5. Always Give the Audience Something to Take Home
“Always provide something specific the audience can do almost immediately. No matter how inspiring your message, every audience appreciates learning a tangible way they can actually apply what they’ve learned to their own lives.
Inspiration is great, but application is everything: Never be afraid to say, ‘Tonight, think of an employee who is really struggling… and then tomorrow, do (this) and (this) to try to rescue them.”
These are just a few of our favourite tips and suggestions from other presentation skills coaches who share our passion for leading and connecting each time we speak. We hope you will agreed that they each contain a gem of wisdom worth noting.
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