Many experts in their field need help communicating their ideas. This is the Achilles Heel for many smart, capable women (yeah you, nervously reading all the bullet points off your slides). You don’t have to be Brené Brown to be successful, but you DO need to learn how to do three things really well:
01. TELL A STORY ABOUT AUDIENCE TRANSFORMATION.
No one attends a session (or even a meeting) just to get told information. Hooking people into your ideas with great storytelling is the secret weapon of successful presentations. What’s the “why” of your presentation? Take the listener on a journey and make THEM the hero with a dragon to slay … with you along as the guide.
02. DESIGN SLIDES WITHOUT BULLET POINTS.
Your presentation is not your handout. Poor slidedeck design wastes the opportunity to impact people with images, craft a “visual story” and engage your audience. It can also help you stay on pace and showcase your best ideas. Don’t sabotage yourself with a boring, death-by-bullet-point presentation.
03. REHEARSE UNTIL YOU’RE MERYL STREEP.
When a hundred people (or one critical person) gives you an hour of their time, you need to honour that with preparation. Winging it does not sound “more natural”. When your laptop won’t connect, or you forget your clicker, or lunch runs 10 min into your timeslot (and your heart rate is through the roof) … you are confident, polished and can adjust on the fly. Under-rehearsing makes you come off nervous, rambly, and most importantly .. the IDEAS get short-changed because you forget great stuff and rush the ending.
I’d love to give you feedback on your slidedeck, help shape your stories, and be the first audience for your presentation. Contact me to book an hour together and let’s make you a speaking rockstar.