Warning: Sarcasm Ahead

I have watched many presentations where I could see the possibilities of what the presenter was trying to convey, but they really needed to pare back the information on the powerpoint and polish their presentation skills to have meaningful and memorable impact. 

I’ve also watched far too many that were prepared the night before, the morning of or as they stood to speak.  Which is perfectly OK, if you’re not invested in the outcome of your presentation or the perception of yourself, your skills or your company.

Five leading ways to get to ‘meh’

  1. Take your audience for granted.  Assuming that your audience has nothing better to do than watch your tedious demonstration of half-arse-ery might be just enough to do it.  
  2. Choose not to prepare.  If your name is Billy Connolly, then this will definitely work out for you – otherwise, probably not so much.
  3. Rely on technology to save you.   Relying on the whole room looking at your whizz-bang Prezi extravaganza, so that you can present with no one looking at you – is a great plan…until the tech fails and you’re left stumbling along saying “I had a slide that was a great representation of….blah, blah, meh”
  4. Have no clear conclusion or call to action.  Every presentation needs to go ‘somewhere’ – if you can’t state the purpose of your presentation in one clear sentence, probably best to save us all some time and feign illness.
  5. Allow fear to hold you back.   OK, this is where I drop the sarcasm.   So many people are paralysed by the fear of public speaking – brilliant people who have much to offer their community and their industry – yet they choose to remain small, rather than let their light shine.   I have known uni students who dropped out of their degree because they didn’t want to face their oral presentation, women whose incredible talents could create a thriving business but choose to work for others rather than put themselves out there.

My Find Your Voice Workshop is designed to tackle No. 5 once and for all.   To help you:

  • Understand why you get nervous.
  • Give you the hacks and techniques to get you past the fear and embracing the opportunity.
  • Tackle points 1 through 4 in a helpful way!

This gorgeous meme I saw on Tracy Sveinson Up Yours Facebook page says it best:

None of us were born for mediocrity.  So when you’re given the opportunity to shine for others, grab it with both hands and give it your whole heart.

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Valerie Brown says July 5, 2019

Fear : Ihad a brief and amusing acecdote that I planned to relate at a conference. The time came to speak and suddenly a voice in my head told me not to say it. Even thirty years later there is a stab of regret when similar situations occur.

    Ruth Guice says July 9, 2019

    You’re not alone Valerie – thanks for sharing!

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