If you make a presentation this week you must ...

No doubt if you're leading others you'll be making some sort of presentation this week; whether it be with your team members, your colleagues, the board or your customers.

So, if I guess right, I recommend you do three things.

This is the final part of a series of blogs which focus on developing your presentation skills.

1. Asking questions prior to, during and post your presentation is essential to determine or at least understand if what you set to do has been achieved and that you meet the end users needs.  

2. Ask someone prior to the presentation to provide feedback with you post your presentation.  Asking a colleague or team member engenders trust and respect.

3. Follow up your 'audience' and thank them for attending/participating. Given some presentation go on and on (way too long for anyone's concentration) you showing common courtesy by respecting their time.

Make sure your presentations are successful this week. You'll know how successful if you ask for feedback!

If you'd like to receive more detail about my Presentation Skills Program - whether for your business or even for yourself alone, get in contact with me today.






Presenting isn't about you!

Presenting isn't about you ... it's about the audience.

We are organised, confident, we look pretty good, ego is in check and ready to roll out our presentation. But ... something has been forgotten. What is it?


Yep, the audience. Whether it's the team of eight people you lead or 200 folks in a hall; the most important aspect of your presentation is the audience.

Yes, we can understand their interest levels, how busy they are and have researched their company if it's a pitch however if we don't focus on the audience we may as well not present. It's time to lock away your ego.

Today's learning (Part Four) is around how the audience switches on and off in your presentation. It's how they absorb and learn at your presentation.

The three primary ways an audience will learns are:

Auditory learners - they want you to tell them the information and they remember by talking out loud, they like to have things explained orally and may have trouble with written instructions. Auditory learners may talk to themselves when learning something new. (They’re not crazy!)

Visual learners – they want you to show them the information – they easily remember visual details and prefer to see what they are learning. They also prefer to write down the information. Give these folks a copy of your presentation beforehand – you’ll be appreciated for life.

Kinaesthetic learners - they prefer activities and want to actually do what they are telling them about. These learners like to touch things in order to learn about them and like to move around when talking or listening. If you talk for longer than 10 minutes without involving them, you’ve lost them!

There are many other learning styles and these differ dependent on how much information the person knows about the detail you are sharing. Matt Church has authored a book, Thought Leaders which models a modern take on the Learning styles. It's worth a read if you're looking for more detail to truly cater for people sitting/standing in your presentation.

Which is your primary learning style? Visual, Auditory or Kinaesthetic?