“Why, then, are so many presentations bad?”
Giving effective presentations is not something done successfully, just like any other activity, without preparation and forethought. The problem is, whatever training most folks receive, falls into the ‘bland, one shoe fits all’ type category.
Absolutely! Being able to speak publicly can just rock. I hear you groaning already. We’ve both heard, public speaking is Public Fear #1. #2, Death. If you had to pick one over the other, would you really prefer to be, well, dead, instead of talking to your friends? Therein lies the real rub, doesn’t it? When you think of public speaking, do you view it as speaking to your friends? …
Went to lunch at the Detroit Economic Club today. T. Boone Pickens was the guest speaker. My prior impressions of him were media driven; hadn’t had a desire to specifically go learn more about this ‘celebrity.’ This was a good chance to go see, first hand, what he was all about.
At 83 years old, he’s sharp, engaging, charismatic, and to the point. He’s very pro-American and unapologetic for it. One of his comments was, paraphrasing, “I’m for anything American. I hate OPEC.” Another to-the-point comment, not a precise quote, “If we don’t start using our own energy, history will show we’re the dumbest crowd to ever come to town.”
Networking. The very word makes people ill. Here are 7 basics to help get you on the right path.
The Naked Presenter is another excellent book that I highly recommend to anyone doing presentations, public speaking, or otherwise ‘talking’ with say groups of 10 or more.