You give informal presentations every day: the impromptu meeting in the hallway, the toast at your friend’s wedding, the story you tell the cashier when you return the cat food—these are all examples of everyday presentations.
So the good news is that you’re probably a better presenter than you realize. Gigi helps you take the skills you already have and teaches you how to use them in more formal settings in her public speaking trainings.
To Start shaping your talk, define your audience
The most important thing to remember is that the presentation you’re about to give is not about you. Even if it includes a story from your life, the purpose of your talk is to teach, entertain, persuade or inspire the audience.
To help you shape your talk, answer these questions:
Who’s your audience? Be specific.
Are they peers and colleagues? Or are they completely new to your topic?
Why are they gathering to hear your message?
Imagine this audience sitting in front of you. How would you like them to be changed when they leave today?
What’s the one takeaway message?
What’s the overarching purpose of this talk?
Boil the reason for your talk down to one sentence. That sentence will become your “true north” and will help you decide what to include and what to leave out as you build your talk. You may never even say this one sentence during your presentation. That’s OK.
EXPERT TIP: If you want to know more about your audience, survey them either on the registration form or at the open of your talk. Asking your audience questions is a great way to help them feel heard and gives you immediate feedback on how your message is landing.
To help clarify your message and connect with the audience, I’ve broken the process of writing and rehearsing a presentation into small, doable steps in the workbook 5 Steps to Nail Your Next Presentation.
Download your Workbook 5 steps to Nail your presentation.
Do you have a presentation looming that you’d like to deliver with confidence and ease? For details on how coaching works visit gigirosenberg.com/presentation-coach.
Whether it's for a talk, speech, pitch or any other type of presentation, I'm here to help you calm those nerves and find your story. To start with a free consult, email me.
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