One of the expectations of a leader is that they will be comfortable and confident with making presentations to groups of people. Whether your audience is made up of internal team members, external customers or industry insiders, your ability to effectively create and deliver a memorable business presentation or speech will help to distinguish you from other leaders and support your professional success.
In this episode, I’ll share with you five tips to assist you when creating your next presentation so that it is impactful and motivates others to action. Some of what I will share took me decades to learn, but today I’m going to give you the inside track so that you can accelerate your learning and dazzle audiences immediately.
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TAKE ACTION CHALLENGE:
To help you stay nimble, here is this week’s Take Action Challenge. Take these 3 action steps in the next week.
1. Pull out a presentation that you have done in the past, or one that you are preparing to deliver in the future. Review the content. Is there a good framework that allows the audience to easily identify your purpose and follow your main points? How did you establish your credibility with the audience? Have you provided supporting material in the form of SEATS? Stories, Examples, Analogies, Testimonials, and Statistics? Do you have a call to action at the end?
2. Review a slide deck you have prepared in the past. Have you incorporated graphics and photos? Have you used too many different fonts and font sizes? Are the slides readable from a distance? Here’s a challenge, try creating a new slide deck that doesn’t use any words at all.
3. Ask someone who was a part of a recent presentation that you did to give you some feedback on your content and structure. Do you tend to do an information dump? Is your presentation style easy to follow or do you tend to hop around a bit? Do you offer specifics to back up your opinions and assertions or do you tend to speak in generalities making broad statements with little supporting facts?
I’d like to recommend a couple of resources for you to help you hone your presentation skills. The first I mentioned earlier in the podcast, the Toastmasters organization. I have been a member of my local club for almost three years now and I’ve found it to be a huge support. It is a safe place for me to practice both my organization and platform skills and the personal support I receive from my fellow toastmasters is priceless to me. Look for a club near you and attend a couple of different meetings to get a sense for which club is the best fit for your needs. My club meets every other Saturday morning and our dress code is casual, so in Orlando that usually means shorts. Other clubs can be sponsored by a company and may have a more formal atmosphere since people are meeting during or just outside of work hours.
The other resource is the book slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte. If you struggle with information laden slides, this book will help you to access your creative side and more effectively use simple images and graphs to help convey your message.