As president of the National Speakers Association, I have the privilege of presenting at most of our forty chapters in the United States. I have only gone to eight of the chapters so far, presenting Boring To Bravo at five of them (my other chapter program is on integrating facilitation into the service offerings). Needless to say, I keep learning from each presentation, and I think they get better each time!
Of course, it is always helpful to audio or video record your presentation to critique yourself later, but sometimes you just don’t have time….So here’s a quick way to make your presentations even better:
On the drive home or later in the day, take a moment to reflect, “What went well?” as well as “What could I have done differently?” Go ahead and list these items down on a new page in a small binder. Mine is a 5″ x 9″ spiral bound notebook. You may even want to talk to a few people you respect and ask them the same two questions. Write these down as well. Then draw a big, fat RED line close to the bottom. Underneath the red line, write the ONE take-away. For my last presentation, I think I really needed to mix up the medium. I rely on facilitative questioning too much and need to throw in multiple techniques to continue to engage and stimulate the participates.
Then, when preparing for your next presentation, flip through the book and you’ll see some trends appear before your very eyes! Pick one thing you want to improve, and in your preparation, determine what you are going to do to make your presentation even better!
This blog is all about making your presentations more engaging and interactive so your audiences will be inspired to take action. One question that keeps coming up is “How do you know?” Other than witnessing the audience’s response to your speech, here’s a simple litmus test to tell if you are using inclusive language or making it all about YOU.
I received a call a few months ago from the folks at ChangeThis.com. Turns out they wanted me to write a “Change Manifesto” on making presentations more engaging and interactive. Now that’s a good fit!
As part of 800-CEO-Read, they found out about my new book, Boring to Bravo and wanted to highlight the topic. They only do five business books per month, so this was quite the honor.
So download it here – it’s free – and let me know what you think!
Posted on 6th September 2010 by Kristin Arnold in Polls
Last month, I asked about the placement of the screen in the room during the last presentation you witnessed. Interestingly enough, 77% said the screen was in the MIDDLE of the room, with 9% saying to the right and 9% saying to the left, with the remaining 6% saying there was no screen in the room!