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SPEAK to CONNECT, ACHIEVE, AND CREATE CHANGE

Have you ever

  • Searched for that "One" technique to get connection with the audience, but nothing seems to work?
  • Rushed to get an English presentation that will be bring in more people and more money, but no idea where to begin?
  • Been frustrated that you cannot bring your presentation to the next level?

We have all been there.  Often the problem is "Shiny Object Syndrome." We look for the next  new technique, new framework, even a new gadget, etc. that will bring our presentation skills to the next level.  Except it doesn't always work.  I have presented at such places, NASA, Cisco, amazon, USB, Tata Consulting, etc. and have seen this to be the case each and every time.  What we really need is to look at things from a much bigger picture.  Presentation is more than just technique and a some good content.

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Technique: 

What most people tend to focus on which include, vocal variety, gestures (facial and body), use of the stage, rhetoric, storytelling, etc. All the technique in the world will not save a bad presentation.

CONTENTS:

This is the meat of your presentation, the key thing that you want to present.  If you focus too much here you will lose your audience. 

CONNECTION:

Connecting with the audience is extremely important. If you cannot connect and get the audience interested in your presentation in the first 30s second you probably have already lost them. 

GOAL & OJBECTIVES:

Before you even create your presentation you need to decide, "why you are giving this presentation?" "After it is all over what do you want to happen?" It is from that you can think backwards.  

HEALTH & THE INNER GAME

If you have a cold or extremely nervous, it doesn`t matter how great of presentation you created, you will not make the best impression to your audience.

TOO MUCH FOCUS ON THE WRONG THING FIRST

Too many people put waaaaaay too much focus on presentation technique, slick slides, and powerful content (from their point of view). This is rather important but too much focus can cause problems. 

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Creates an Unbalanced and ultimately a bad presentation

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For any presentation large or small, in front of one person or thousands, the basics are the same. I have help hundreds of those based in Japan:

master the basic of overcoming the mental bouts of doubt that plague any presenter, keep your voice and energy at level you need to give your audience what they need. 

master presentation goals setting from an individual presentation to a series, to your entire career as a presenter.  Too many times those goals and objective are just too vague that there is no way you can objective verify that you actually accomplished them. You cannot tell if you reached any hearts or minds if people do not do something difference in the real physical world.   

master connecting to the audience so they want to hear what you want to say.  Too many people start with want they want to say, and not with what the audience wants to hear, what they audience cares about.  It doesn't matter how great or truly helpful you material is to your audience, if they do want to listen.  Creating connection and overcome confirmation bias are two important things any presenter must do. 

 PLAN, PRESENT, CHECK, ADJUST

 

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Too many people simply repeat in writing their presentation and doing their presentation without truly checking and adjusting their presentation in a rigorous manner. I believe in using the PDCA method with originally came from Deming to improving process quality for manufacturing like Toyota, Nissan, Komatsu, etc. This is also fairly similar to the Lead Startup method which is a good way to match product to market fit. What we want to do is figure the best presentation to target audience fit.  This requires a clear idea of who you really want to reach, what kind of things they care about and how the think and feel.  Most of us are not psychics so it is just better to create a presentation with your best guess with the best research you have with the best frameworks that work for the goal you want to accomplish. 

I tend to help people improve their own speaking processes, procedures, and actual content so that they can improve as quickly as possible and be kind of speaker they want to be. Some people what to be like Tony Robbins, some want to be like Carl Sagan, some want to be like Steve Jobs,  there are many different role models, and many different ways to get close to those roles, but work on helping people get there as fast as possible.   

ABOUT ME

Hi!, I am not Steve Jobs, but I can do a pretty good impression. However, I really am a English Presentation Coach who has helped hundreds in Japan become confident and powerful presenters.  I have found in my long journey as a speaker that technique alone will only get you so far.  It is vitally important to get your mind, body and social skills up to shape before you can truly have a base of 1,000 fans. Not only am certified professional coach, a recovering English Teacher, and long time Toastmaster (DTM, yeah!).  I have spent more than 15 years studying and applying psychology, marketing and learning design.  It is my mission to not only help you get your message out there. It is my mission to help you so the audience will also be moved to learn and apply what you are trying so hard to get out into the world. Even if you do not yet know what your message is I believe that each and everyone has a voice that can change the world for the better. The just need to find it, and get it to be heard.

BTW, I have worked in HR and for companies like Wyle Labs ( a NASA Contractor) and Cisco Japan. I have done more than 1,000 presentations , seminars & workshops over my career.  I have given direct feedback to more than 2,000 people to help them successfully communicate whether be in presentation or seminar, an interactive workshop or simply effectively face to face.

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