Growing up, there were three words we lived by: “practice makes perfect”. Whether it had to do with properly throwing a baseball, learning to do algebra, or even as simple as tying our shoes, those three words came into play more often than not.
As we’ve gotten older, it seems that most of us have outgrown that motto for numerous reasons. We’re too busy and simply don’t have time, we have no reason to practice because we’re already a subject matter expert on our topic, and well, who needs to practice when we have the World Wide Web sitting in our pockets?
All valid reasons, but they can’t be applied in all situations. Sometimes, we need to revert back to our childhood days and remind ourselves that “practice really does make perfect”, especially when it comes down to nailing your next presentation.
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I’m a PowerPoint lover. I admit it. I’m not ashamed of it. I cut my teeth on PowerPoint when it first came out because I worked for an SVP of Marketing who LOVED IT. So, HE decided I was going to become an expert at developing presentations that made him look great. Though I could develop presentations that would showcase the story he was trying to tell in a way that made it visually impactful and appealing, what I couldn’t do is make him a good presenter. He did that all by himself. I’m here to tell you… he was outstanding (not that I would ever tell him that). By watching him, I learned how someone can tell a story with slides behind them in complete synchronicity while causing the audience (myself included… and I’m the one who designed it in the first place) to remain riveted, attentive, interested, and invested.
Here’s just one example: While giving a presentation on marketing warfare, he put a General Patton military cap on and literally paced the stage in the same fashion George C. Scott did in the movie Patton. Using a pointer stick to point to the screen for key strategic points in various slides and talking in calm tones that crescendoed to yelling, he then motioned me at the perfect time (right when the Patton-like speech was getting old) to start handing out books to every single attendee. And then he closed with a quote from Yoda. Yes… Yoda, from Star Wars.
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So you’ve watched some TED Talks and you’ve decided you want to start a speaking career! You’ve got this! But before you jump in head first, make sure that you have these 3 key things in place:
1. Find Your Niche
This one is pretty straightforward – find a topic to speak about. Chances are if you are seriously considering a speaking career, you’ve already got this one nailed down. But if you don’t, sit down and strategize. Ask yourself these questions:
- Am I an expert on this topic? If not, how can I become one?
- Am I passionate about this topic?
- Who is my audience?
- Does my audience care about this topic? How do I connect with them?
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