Presentations are things we do in life and in business. You may not think of presentations in that way but its true. Every single time we want to inform, influence or inspire anyone, we do it in the form of a presentation.
Todays post is based on ideas and information I have learned from Tony Jeary and his book “Life Is A Series Of Presentations”. This is a book I highly recommend you reading.
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There are 8 things that Tony recommends you pay attention to when doing any kind of presentation.
Presentations – 8 Ways To Inspire, Inform and Influence Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime. (taken from the book)
- Know Your Audience
You have to understand and know who you are talking to. Its also helpful if you understand personality types and how to speak differently to each one. You might enjoy a previous post I did on this called, What Type Of Character Are You?
2. Explain “Why” Before Planning How.
You have to understand why you are doing the presentation.
“The single most powerful thing you can do is to convince your audience of something is to provide a compelling reason why they should do what you suggest (or believe what you say)” – Tony Jeary
3. Conquer Your Fears
Learn how to overcome any anxiety you might have. Successful presenters get rid of unknowns and turn them into knowns. The more you understand know what you want to say will help you overcome your worries. Remember, practice makes perfect. Sometimes the fears we have are the things that block our success.
4. Be Well Armed and Informed
Successful presenters are the ones who do their research and make sure they are organised and ready to present. The wrong thing to do is begin a presentation without knowing what you are presenting. In other words “Know your stuff”.
5. Build Bridges
Prepare your audience. Let people know what they can expect.
6. Feel Good, Do Well
Manage the way you feel and the feelings of your audience during your presentation.
7. Room To Breathe
Involve your audience. Ask questions. Help people feel a part of what you are presenting. This gives you a breather during your delivery
8. Flex For Success
Keep your audience focussed on what you are presenting.
Obviously, there is a ton of information, whole chapters, in fact, on each of the above subjects inside the book.
Learning the art of presenting is what the book teaches the reader. This could be persuading your kids to put on their shoes in a morning or presenting information to a potential prospect. Tony Jeary teaches us that every single time we want to influence someone else, it is a form of presenting.
As I mentioned earlier, I highly recommend you read the book if you want to improve your presentation skills and you can do that by clicking the image above.
I will end todays post with words from the back of the book:
“Every time you speak – whether its on the phone, face-to-face or from behind a platform – you’re making a presentation. Your ability to connect with other people and effectively communicate your message is the most important factor in your lifelong success.”
I hope todays post gave you food for thought. If you got value please feel free to leave a comment below.
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