Presentations Matter – Because You Can Make the World a Better Place
by Kelly Vandever
Methods and tools to prevent the spread of AIDS.
Funding for a Head Start program.
These are the reasons I do what I do.
I do not have the knowledge to teach others how to prevent the spread of AIDS. But I can coach a research scientist how to present her findings in a more effective manner.
I didn’t know how to effectively teach my own children to brush their teeth. But I can coach a genius on how to present to potential backers when he introduces the amazing game he and his team developed to teach children proper brushing techniques.
I don’t know stories demonstrating how early childhood education can make a difference in the life of a child and in a community. But I can teach others how to find and develop those stories so they can share examples and touch the hearts of those who provide the funding.
I can change the world for the better by helping others communicate their messages. How lucky am I?
If You’re Nervous, Shift Your Focus
The next time you fret over a presentation, remember what it is you’re trying to accomplish. How are you trying to make the world a better place? Focus on that contribution first. Think about your audience. How will their lives be better because they heard you present?
Particularly for those who are nervous about public speaking… take the time to think less about your fear and more about the benefit to your audience. That can make a big difference as you prepare and present.
If you need help in doing better presentations, take a look at the posts here in the blog and the books we recommend. Need special attention for a specific presentation, contact Kelly for individual or small group coaching – Kelly . Vandever @ SpeakingPractically . com.
Presentations matter. Make a difference the next time you present!
Kelly Vandever is a leadership and communications expert who helps leaders and organizations thrive in today’s attention-deficit, entertain-me-now, wait-while-I-post-that-on-Facebook world. Connect with Kelly and discover how opening up and speaking practically can bring you better business results.
Contact Kelly by phone at 770-597-1108, email her or tweet her @KellyVandever.