I get asked all the time about the fastest and easiest ways to improve presentations. It usually goes something like this:
Scott, if you can offer the listeners/the audience three tips to improve their presentations…what do you suggest?
You asked. So, here are my three ways to improve your presentations right now.
1. Care More About Your Content
Your presentation narrative is the most important part of your presentation yet so many presenters tend to want to neglect it or just out right ignore it. You can’t do that. Focus on your storyline and try to get all of your content condensed into three main points.
2. Opt for Photos Over Bullet Points
The human brain processes visuals 60,000 times faster than text based information (a.k.a. bullet points) So, the tip is simple. Delete your bullet points and choose full bleed photos instead. This means that instead of having one slide with 5 bullet points, you are going to have 5 separate slides.
3. Rehearse, Don’t Memorize
If you are on this web site, it’s probably because you are a high achiever. Better yet, you are a person who understands the importance of delivering a high impact presentation. You know it’s value. You know it’s impact. You know just how dramatically it can change your career - for the better.
You want to focus on the most important items which achieve the greatest success. Perfect. Well, I have outlined the 5 critical skills that every greater presenter should possess. Here they are in no order of importance.
1. A Servant’s Heart
The best presenters understand that a presentation is not about them, but about their audience. They exist solely to add value and benefit to their audience’s life.
2. A Curious Mind
The only way to truly add value to your audience is to understand the world in which you live. Great presenters must be curious. They must understand the world so clearly in all it’s glorious imperfections and complexities so that it can be...
If you look around, you will find that most presenters are not aware. The world is brimming with presenters who need coaching and direction. They seem unaware, almost zombie-like as they attempt to motivate or educate their audiences leaving almost zero impact.
They haven’t tapped into their strengths. They are unaware of how to manage their weaknesses. And most importantly, they don’t know how to create and design a presentation that fits their true style. Their presentations only serve as testament to the all important need for self-awareness.
According to a recent study by the Hay Group, those who are self-aware are generally in the Top 10% of their team or department. Their ability to lock into knowing who they are and what they do best makes them stand apart from the competition. The same is true for anyone giving a big talk or speech. Self-awareness is mandatory.
Presenters, it’s time for an awareness boost. Being self-aware means the following:
I have some sad news. Four out of five us will not complete our New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, by the second week of February, 80% of those who set goals on New Year’s Eve or Day will give up. We will demonstrate a lack of commitment or create excuse after excuse to not carry through with our plans. But, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Good news. January is not over…yet. We still have a few more days to make things happen. If you are wanting to get that pay raise, close that deal, or impress your boss…you still have time. And, there is no better medium to achieve those goals than the power of a dynamic presentation.
We all know that a presentation can be that make or break moment so if there is one career item you want to focus on this year, make it your ability to give presentations that truly make an impact. Just imagine yourself having the skill set to win over the hearts and minds of any audience.
So, where do you start?
I would suggest starting...
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