Preparation Frees you to be More Authentic!
We live in a visually stimulating, fast-paced world that tries to engage us at every turn. The pitfall of overstimulation is that it can produce shallow communication and surface understandings. Multi-tasking is a valued quality in some professions, however, even with that skill you are still only able to focus on one thing at a time for maximum effectiveness. As you learned previously, knowing what your points are helps you focus more intentionally as you prepare and give your presentation. Having a clear focus nurtures confidence and frees you to give more of yourself to your audience as you speak.
Whether you use visuals, graphs, or Youtube clips within your powerpoint presentations, each should be related to your points and be strategically positioned in the overall flow of your message. Jim Gray, author of How Leaders Speak, states that “the best presentations result from the careful preparation of a written draft, from which main points are extracted. You can then display and speak to these points.”
This is critical because if you try to link the points without having an overall understanding of how they relate to each other and to the ultimate message you want to leave with your audience then you compromise the cohesiveness of your message. The script or message comes first and then the points extracted from that, not vice versa. Preparation and positioning of the elements that you choose to emphasize your points also frees up mental clutter to allow you to connect more authentically with your audience.
Look at one of your messages and see how you have positioned the points. Do they align with the overall message? Is there a natural flow from one to the other? How can you better prepare so that when you present you are able to freely engage with the audience ?
Keep letting the REAL U…..Speak Through!
Lisa Vanderkwaak M.Sc.
Certified World Class Speaking Coach
REAL U Institute™
“Equipping you to Communicate with Passion, Purpose and Transformational Impact”
To book Lisa to speak at your next group training or as a Keynote, contact her at www.REALUInstitute.com