“All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.”
—John Ford, American Film Director
Your goal in giving a presentation is for it to have an impact and be remembered.
Though your audience may or may not remember everything you said, they will remember how you made them feel. And the key to making them remember what you said is to make them feel like they are a part of your story … er … presentation.
Yes, that was an intentional slip because the best presentations are constructed and delivered like a good story, meaning they grab the audience with action and keep them engaged throughout. Studies have shown that audiences may forget – within nine weeks – as much as 95 percent of the substance they hear in a presentation. But they remember the stories.
I will show you techniques to actively engage your audience – whether 2 or 200 – and make your information and messages stick. My coaching is designed to help you connect with your audience in an authentic, powerful and memorable way.
During your coaching session, you will learn how to:
- Establish our own, natural presenting style.
- Build self-confidence & use nervous energy effectively.
- Get your game on before a speech or presentation.
- Grab your audience in the first seven seconds.
- Develop your argument as an organized narrative that people will remember.
- Weave your key message & statistics into your story.
- Project authenticity and strength with your voice.
- Use pauses to great effect.
- Connect with your audience through gestures, voice inflection & eye contact.
- Involve your audience every six minutes to keep them engaged.
- Give your audience an action to take when they leave.
- Stay on message during Q&A sessions.
- Use PowerPoint as an enhancement to you – not the other way around.
With this training, and a bit of practice, your audiences will remember you and your stories, even if they don’t remember every pearl of wisdom you deliver. And they will want to carry your stories back to the office water cooler to regale their colleagues with what they learned.