If you have one of your past presentations recorded, watch it. Take notes on what you do well and what you believe you could do better.
When you’re watching your recorded presentation, it’s a good idea to pretend you’re watching somebody else. This allows you to be more objective. What did this speaker do right? What could be improved?
As a speech coach, one element I look for when I watch a recorded executive speech or a live presentation is the moment the speaker warms up or becomes relaxed. Speaking in public, especially to 1,500 people, is not a natural act. We need to learn the techniques that make it appear natural.For example, in my evaluation of a recorded presentation by an executive named Charles, I saw that he was smart, had a great voice, was pleasant looking, and gave an acceptable speech. However, he did not hit his stride until twelve minutes into his presentation. Charles also had far too many slides, which had a tendency to dominate the presentation, rather than his personality and message.
He was not the Rock Star Communicator his organization and his audience needed him to be! I worked with Charles to help him become a more powerful presenter. Of course, we addressed the matter of his slides being a distraction instead of supporting his message. Charles knew exactly how to open with a strong start, made his opening more conversational, and gave him the techniques he needed to immediately engage his audience.
Have you watched at least one of your presentations?
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