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Connection in Imperfection

I used to say, that with presentations, it’s not about perfection…it’s about connection.

And the reason I said that was I believe that for a presenter to make a difference, the speaker has to connect with their audience.  I still believe that.

I also believe you don’t need to be a perfect speaker — with perfect gestures and phraseology and vocal variety — to be effective and to make a connection.

Therefore I came to the conclusion that with presentations, it’s not about perfection… it’s about connection.

 

But now …

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From Lame to Fame Presentations – Don’t Blame the Audience for Your Lack of Communication

You’ve seen slides of this ilk before.

The title on the slide said something like the 3 Most Important Points to Remember about XYZ.

That was followed by

1.  Here’s the First Point

2.  Here’s the Second Point

 

Then instead of the Third Point, the speaker had a cartoon pasted at the bottom of the slide.

 

It was a cleaver cartoon and the caption along the bottom made the speaker’s third point with brilliance and humor.

 

But here was the problem.

 

The cartoon was at the bottom of the slide.  The caption …

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Take Your Conference Presentation From Lame to Fame: Remember You Are the Chosen One, so Deliver on the Preview

I saw the previews to Up All Night, a new sitcom on NBC, and thought to myself, “That show looks stupid.  I’ll be skipping that one, thank you very much!”

 

But one night, shortly after it started, I couldn’t find anything else to watch during that particular 30 minute time slot so I grudgingly watched Up All Night.  It was actually a much better show than I thought it would be.  Now I regularly choose it over other shows.

 

(Yes, I watch too much …

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Breaking the Business Presentation Rules for Better Presentations

I never had a nick name as a kid.  But if I did, it could easily have been “goody two shoes.”

 

I was by nature a rule follower.  My mom used to joke that she could threaten to spank me and I’d be good for 3 months!

 

So I empathize with you if you’re that business professional who is thinking, “Gosh, Kelly.  I don’t know that I want to be the first to step away from the ‘normal’ way of doing business presentations.”

 

Sure, it’s easier to …

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If you could do only one thing to improve your business presentation, what would it be?

What’s In It for Me?
 

So what’s your presentation about?

I’ve got to show the sales guys how to use a new software.

Why do the sales guys want to learn the new software?

Silence.

Is it required of their job?

Yeah.

What does the new software do?

It’s the software we’re going to use to track sales in the pipeline.

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