“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? …
In the past three years, I have spoken with a number of audiences. And I have found the experience to not only be rewarding but surprisingly enjoyable.
15 Lessons Learned, for you.
Earlier today I had the opportunity to present to a group of new entrepreneurs at Ann Arbor SPARK’s Start Your Own Business. SYOB is a monthly event hosted by the business incubator to help drive new business development. I’m one of the speakers at this day-long event.
How I present was largely driven by corporate experience. What little training I could find, focused on what size fonts to use, color selection, number/length of bullets per screen, and the like. Believe it or not, none of it really had much to do with delivering an impactful message.
You’re in a meeting, 143 slides to go, black font, blue background. Wonderful. So many things to be addressed in “Presentation Zen.”