What makes Exceptional Presenter?
It’s all about being “natural” or “charismatic”!
It is, you’re right of course. So shall we mere mortals give up then?
It is true that some people appear “natural” and “charismatic” when they deliver a talk or presentation. But they usually neglect to tell you the real secret of their confidence and “natural” ability: that they are exceptionally well prepared, and have fine-tuned this and practised it multiple times.
Workshop participants and attendees for my keynotes often remark how “engaging”, “entertaining” and “insightful” I am sharing this with you not to brag, but to humbly tell you that I wasn’t always this good. Furthermore, I am not as good today as I will be tomorrow!
I am not especially gifted. I am rather introverted, though I may be less frightened than some people of being the centre of attention. I am anxious before every single presentation. And I am fully prepared for 75% of them.
Another 5% is when I am caught off-guard and I am suddenly expected to speak wonderously and my mind scrambles for something poignant and fabulous.
As for the rest – those I think I can wing it. I’m wrong, of course, but they are learning moments all.
These “secrets” of great presenting are available to anyone with the will and desire to make an impact and be the change they want to make in the world.
The four essential elements of being an exceptional presenter is to be exceedingly well prepared for your presentation, indeed any communication.
Think of the last presentation you attended or watched, that resonated with you.
Now, if you are wishing that you had attended a presentation like that but cannot, for the life of you, recall one. Then that is sad. You have yet to experience a PIMPed presentation.
But fret not. Before long you will be delivering one yourself and, just to be sure, you should video record it and watch it later.
That way, you will have both delivered and watched a great, memorable, purposeful presentation.
Of course, there’s only one way to begin discussing how to PIMP your presentation than using that same format and approach here.
My Purpose in this series of presentations is to encourage you to adopt the PIMP process to all of your presentations from now on. Indeed, I am going to encourage you to use this for all of your communications from here on in.
Why should you adopt PIMP? PIMPing your presentations will allow you to quickly and easily prepare exceptionally well for any presentation you make. Even when you present on the spur of the moment!
This will enable you to prepare to communicate in the way your audience’s brains work.
You might think that it is super obvious that it would be greatly beneficial if all of our communication was prepared and delivered in the way the recipient's brain receives and processes information, but it is surprising just how few people do this.
So what if you could prepare and deliver all of your communications in a way that is naturally processed so that it is easy to understand and engaging? That would be terrific right? Well, PIMPing is the way to go.
This is important to anyone who has to communicate with others.
If you don’t ever need to communicate with others, you can safely ignore this and get on with your hermit life.
Think for a moment about a recent meeting you attended and someone was presenting data to you. There was a lot of information and much of it was of little use to you personally.
In fact, you wondered why you were attending that meeting.
Was it truly necessary to meet or could you have gotten that information in a document? Indeed, do you actually need all that information?
Do you remember that brilliant lecture you attended? No, I thought not.
If meetings are unproductive and a waste of time, what might be a better method?
After all, many people argue that meetings have a side benefit for team building and networking and is the easiest way to get a particular message across.
But meetings and even presentations are not always the most appropriate message.
I know an executive coach who flew from Singapore to China for a 90-minute session. He travelled for a total of 17 hours across two and a half days to meet in person. Have these people not heard of the telephone? Let alone the interweb…
The PIMP My Presentation course is delivered in three distinct formats, to try and meet the different needs and preferences of my audience. This course is available online, as a live workshop and coaching.
There are visuals for those who like visuals, audio for those who prefer to learn on the go, text, for the readers, and of course live.
Whatever format, it is very hands-on and interactive. Participants work on their own real presentations throughout the course. In tiny little increments, we gradually build their understanding of the process and the skills to deliver their presentations.
You might call it learning by doing, action learning or experiential.
This is the specific outcome expected from your audience. In many presentations, this will be in your Call To Action – a specific action you want your audience to do at the end of your presentation.
In my course, PIMP MY Presentation, you would be asked to undertake specific actions after every module on your real presentation.
As I mentioned in the Method, this is Learning in action – where you do most of the work on something real for you.
Sometimes, the “product” at the end of a “little learning” like this is your understanding.
So now, you understand and know the approach I will be taking throughout my training and coaching and know what to expect.
My call to action for you is to contact me now using the form below and let's help you PIMP your next presentation:
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