Telling the Words in Your Head!
Some of the most frequently asked questions about how to get the words out of my mouth when I make a presentation, a talk, a voice, or sometimes at a meeting. I understand that feeling. You have this wonderful presentation, the voice, the communication of everything in your head and when you present it, well, well, well, that’s right, like, um, you know, it doesn’t quite fit what you thought would happen, as it sounds in your head.
There are a few things you can do to help get the thoughts out of your head or out of the paper when you write a note or presentation. Be sure to do the following:
Clarity — What exactly do you want to say? Make sure you are clear about yourself and your notes/slides / any presenting and speaking information. Never, think. Take the time to make things clear to us. Always remember, you know, you know well but, most of the time, we can’t. Now, admittedly, in some cases in internal situations, people can. But, if you are making a proposal to a new client or any kind of presentation to anyone who does not know your business, your property, etc … YOU MUST remember that they DO NOT know what you know.
Dense Material-This combination is accompanied by clarity. In most cases, the things you present, whether they are on a slide or in your head, are less crowded. It is very important that you explain it clearly to everyone you talk to. Also, never assume that we know and always remember that you may know more than us, especially if it is your business, prepare a presentation, voice, or communication. As you prepare your material, try to keep it simple and to speak as easily as possible. Don’t go for less than your full potential. Remember, every 90 seconds our brain allows us to explore. If the story is too crowded and not presented in a way that we can understand, we can simply jump into that 90-second test.
Tour guide – This is the way I highly recommend writing forums/presentations and giving them. This bit goes well with coattails of dense material. Remember, you are a tour guide. It is important that you tell us what you are going to tell us, and then tell us and tell us what you have told us. It sounds repetitive and unnecessary but if we don’t know your job, we’ll be able to keep up with you. The truth is that there is a delay from when the sound comes out of your mouth and hits my ear. If you are too far away and I am still trying to process what you just told me, I might check it out. If you tell me what you’re going to tell me, I have a headache and I can’t listen to you, I hear you tell me we’re done, and go ahead and tell me what you told me. Now, don’t get me wrong, telling me what you’re going to tell me and what you’re telling me is not as deep as the real thing, it’s just words. By telling me what you told me, in a short sentence, you will have a good session to move on to the next discussion session or text.
Changes-Yes, changes are a slide-off of a tour guide. It is important that you create changes for us. If we think about one idea and then suddenly become another person and we do not catch that, then we may lose it. The change is not really yours, but it is great and highly valued by your audience. Also, this is especially important for new clients who are not sure of the flexibility of your full business or package.
Practice-Next to take all the things you have put together and practice. Yes, practice. I often have clients tell me they would like to be like the TedX speakers. I love the TedX speakers and I know a lot is going on, but one of the important things they and other good speakers have in common is that they get used to it. Know your story, know how to present it, and most importantly, say it out loud. It is different and will always be different from your head coming out of your mouth. Everyone can make the content sound good in the head, but something happens as it comes out of your mouth. If you practice pronouncing, you can catch some of these snails before you get in front of your audience. IF SOMETHING sounds silly or unreasonable, you might want to hold on to it before you even introduce it.
Presentation Style – Almost all the clients I have worked with ask me how they should present. What I mean by that is that they should use cards, they should use an outline, memorize it, write it? My answer is always the same: you have to present a method that works for you. For me, I have to have a frame with buzz words. I can’t follow the cards because I’m so involved that I forget to turn them over. I can’t memorize it because I think too much of forgetting things. It’s different for all clients and I don’t think which method is better than any other. I think this is the best way to work. A side note to this, it may take a while to try out a few different styles before you find out what works best for you. I’ve worked with clients who insisted they need to memorize, we worked to deliver that way and it didn’t work out, so we switched to cards and BOOM, presenting presentations as experts. Find out what works for you and apply that style!