There are some super-fast ways to take a presentation from
bland (no one’s listening!) to brilliant (people engaged, influenced,
believing, wanting to act).
How often have you been given a presentation written by and
for someone else, with little time to change it? You know it’s dull but now it’s
your reputation on the line as you’re delivering it, so you need to make
Kineticfuture can coach you on simple effective ways to create and deliver a great presentation and build your executive presence – so find out about our group coaching courses. For now, here are some fast track tips you can use today for presentations, group meetings or Skype meetings. Even using just one tip will make a real difference.
I’d love to hear your own ways of tackling this last-minute challenge.
6 WAYS TO PIMP UP
THAT PRESENTATION FAST
- Go back to basics quickly – who is the audience, has it changed, what’s your goal, what’s their goal and concerns, why are they there, what do they want from you? (You’d be amazed how often the brief changes or the initial brief was totally wrong. This stops you having a complete audience disconnect!)
- Take the water cooler test – what’s your one key message (one short sentence) and check it’s valuable for you and the audience. Make it surprising, something new, something important, a point of view, something that gets to the heart of the challenge or the solution. This is not a summary of the situation! (This key message is the hardest part but force yourself to commit and do not ‘go vanilla’ unless that’s your whole comms strategy).
- Add in a short story – it needs to be something that illustrates the challenge, the opportunity or results. Stories can be personal, need to be surprising, trigger emotions and illustrate the key message. Humour works but choose carefully. If you can include more than one story, please do.
- Turn the structure on its head – start with a story to illustrate the challenge or opportunity (slide 2- immediately after you say hello). Communicate the key message and what you want the audience to do (slide 3). Then go into the agenda which enables you to illustrate the key message (if the decision-maker has to dash off, this up-front approach can be a lifesaver).
- Build in audience interaction – this is a conversation remember, you’re not talking at people, so you’d naturally ask rhetorical questions, or get the audience to participate in any way you can. They will remember you and how you made them feel much more than the content.
- Improve the visuals – if you are not bound by legal approvals, you can add in simple slides with strong visuals that illustrate the point. You can also drop or move slides around. The idea is to make the presentation your own. And if worst comes to the worst, you can stand in the way of really ghastly slides and just talk to the audience or dump the slides entirely.
KineticFuture can coach you to be a world-class leader and communicator. Coaching 1-2-1 and in groups. Clients include Abbvie, Amgen, Gilead, GSK, Novartis, Mars, Pladis, WPP and Barclays. We have six main areas of work: Thinking partnership coaching, executive presence, presenting and storytelling, tricky conversations, resilience and communicating purpose.
Contact us today to book a course or to find out more.
You may have all the relevant skills and experience but unless you can communicate in a compelling way you won’t get far. ‘When you’re bland you blend’ is one of the phrases from this week’s book club recommendation by Paul McGee, keynote speaker and performance coach – How to Speak so People Really Listen.
This book is informal and accessible, full of useful tips
and written in a warm, amusing way. We really like it and think you will too.
Of course, if you’d rather learn these skills on our group or 1-2-1 courses do get in touch. We will help you stand out from the crowd.
We Can All Talk. The Challenge?
Getting People To Listen.
Reviews on the back cover :
′This book is down–to–earth, gritty and oozes experience. I′ve been speaking for over twenty years trust me, I′ve learnt from this book. Paul McGee is clearly a skilled helper.′
Kriss Akabusi MBE
′I have nearly a hundred books on public speaking and this is a refreshingly different take on all of them. You′ll read it in hours but the messages will stay with you for years. It′s clever, insightful and packed with takeaway tips.′
Jeremy Nicholas, Writer and Broadcaster
Buy Paul’s book on Amazon.
KineticFuture can coach you to be a world-class
communicator and leader. Coaching 1-2-1 and in groups. Clients include Abbvie,
Amgen, Gilead, GSK, Novartis, Mars, Pladis, WPP and Barclays. We have six main
areas of work: Thinking partnership coaching, executive presence, presenting and storytelling, tricky
conversations, resilience and communicating purpose.
Contact us today
to book a course or to find out more.
A wise colleague of mine described Executive Presence as:
“The water leaders swim in to get things done. It’s not optional. It’s essential for respect and trust”.
KineticFuture are experts in coaching the ‘how’ of EP one to one and in groups. Today I’m going to share with you The 6 Practical Habits of EP. This is a distillation of the KF coaching method for your presentation communication.
6 Habits of Executive Presence in Presentation Communication
- It’s all about the audience – flex to their needs and perspective you’re already halfway there.
- Integrity & expertise – how are you going to demonstrate this?
- Authentic passion & belief – your topic may not set your pulse racing but you’ll have to find something that motivates you
- Warm authority under fire – there is a pivot point between warmth and authority. You’re looking to find the right blend for the situation and culture.
- Listens to understand – the audience needs to feel this is a two-way conversation and you have to truly understand what they are thinking.
- Tailored value messages and strong storytelling – underpinning your confidence is knowing the value you bring to the other person and being able to articulate it. Strong storytelling will build engagement and memorability.
On our courses we’ll work with you on your physicality (vocal energy, body language etc.) blended with communications strategy plus you’ll develop your story ready to present. All focused on a real work situation. Your colleagues will also coach you and you’ll learn to self-coach too.
We have worked for 19 years with demanding companies
including Abbvie, The ABI, Barclays, GSK, The Open University, Novartis, Mars,
MSD, Reckitt Benckiser and Vertex.
Do call or email me if you’d like to know more. Everyone can develop their Executive Presence with dedication and good coaching. And the rewards are great for you and your teams.
Everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when the tragic news of 9/11 broke but we often can’t remember what we did yesterday.
Because our brains are wired to recall emotionally dramatic events (positive as well as negative) and ignore the mundane and ordinary.
In a similar way, presentations that include an emotionally charged event create a heightened state of emotion in the audience that makes them much more memorable and enjoyable. This can be done by telling a story, using props and images, or sharing some unexpected statistics.
Some of our favourite examples of presentations that include extreme jaw dropping moments include:
- Bill Gates – when he released a jar of mosquitos into an audience in his Ted talk on some of the world’s biggest problems.
- Dr Jill Bolte Taylor – when she brought out a real human brain in her talk about her personal experience of having a stroke.
- Hugh Herr – his Ted talk on the development of bionics that ‘let us run, climb and dance’ (watch it below). In particular, the moment at the end of his talk when Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a victim of the 2013 Boston marathon bombing comes on stage for her first dance since the attack.
The audience response to the speaker’s dramatic action speaks for itself. They look interested, enthralled, alive… and some of their jaws are actually dropping open!
Try and apply this to your own presentations. You may be presenting on something your audience have seen many times and the topic may not be nearly as emotional as these talks but wouldn’t it be good to make the effort to surprise them? They’re more likely to remember what you’ve said if you do!
If you would like to know how to use positive psychology and neuroscience within your own presentation we can show you how – contact us today.
Authenticity beats perfection every time when you’re presenting.
Have a look at this great presentation by comedian Ruby Wax on Ted.com talking about mental health issues and your brain. There are a number of reasons this is a great presentation for me, including:
1. The talk clearly means a great deal to her as she’s suffered from depression herself. Ask yourself how we know it genuinely matters to her?
2. She uses an excellent opener which involves the audience in an amusing and personal way. It nails the key message and the big theme for the presentation
3. She makes a complex subject simple
4. Her white coat, homemade brain and signs were great fun and much more engaging than if she’d just used formal diagrams
5. Her pace, emphasis and vocal energy are just what you’d expect from a talented comedian and writer
Essentially, a wonderful presentation by Ruby – there are lots of ideas here you could adapt for your own presentations, give it a go!