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Our favourite quote from the Back to The Future Film, 1985 is from Doc: “Your future hasn’t been written yet. Make it a good one!”  You bet.

They predicted hover boards, video phones, flat screen TVs, flying cars (soon!), fingerprint recognition, virtual reality headsets and the release of Jaws 19.  Unbelievable.

Many leaders are stuck in a 1980s way of presenting (minus the huge shoulder pads!) Give yourself a presentation health check to make sure you’ve moved on.

The bottom line is that you need to work a lot harder in 2015 if you want to engage your people and inspire to move them to action.  They do not follow easily.

Here are 3 big changes from the 1980s:

  1. We now expect to see the human, not just an authoritative leader.  Vulnerability is powerful.  The 1980s alpha male approach for men or women is out.  Professionalism is in.  Slick is out.
  2. We now expect a presentation to be a conversation with peers.  We want warm authority and to see your values.  The 1980s command and control presentation style is not going to cut it.
  3. We have the attention span of a gnat and expect to be entertained today.  Don’t bore us with longwinded PowerPoint presentations.  Make sure there is audience interaction and use new media to make your points.  Above all, flex your message, your style and your examples to suit your team.  Your face to face time is precious.

So are you back to the future or stuck in the past?

You can be this good. It is absolutely possible.  On our presentation coaching courses, we blend brain science, positive psychology and advanced communications skills to help leaders make this a reality.  You can work with us one to one or in groups. Contact us to find out more.

Watch a clip of Marty McFly on a hover board here!

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