Getting Over Yourself

May 29, 2012

Keep your message simple and make it helpful


It’s easy to get on the wrong foot when presenting: so many things can go wrong. Maybe that’s why so many people don’t enjoy presenting. Here are 3 things to make your presentation easier and more effective: keep it simple, genuine, and helpful.

(You’ve analyzed your audience and know the outcome you’re looking for. From there on your organizing needs to pass the Simple, Genuine, and Helpful test.)

First, keeping it simple is not talking down to people: there’s less room for misinterpretation, less chance of forgetting your material, and more chance the audience will like you because they don’t have to work so hard.

Second, being genuine is easier: you’re conversing with some people who need what you’re telling them. You know from your experience we’re more likely to trust a speaker who is genuine.

And third, knowing you’re being helpful makes it easier to deliver. You know how they can apply it so you can be relaxed and confident by staying involved with just how it will help them.

So make your audience happier and your presentation easier: Ask yourself, “Have I kept my message simple, genuine and helpful?” If so, you’ll love the results. And so will they.

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