I’ve written a lot about how important it is for presenters to initiate and manage a genuine conversation with their audiences. How it’s the presenter’s responsibility to focus on making listening and understanding easy for everyone. But what if there is a team involved? What are the challenges unique to that situation?
Communication is an Essential Leadership Skill I recently watched a TED talk by Simon Sinek called “Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe.” His talk motivated me to buy his latest book, Leaders Eat Last. In both the talk and the book Sinek defines effective leadership in ways that reminded me that the work we… Read more »
We are always looking for new ways to improve the impact that we have on our clients, their teams, and the portion of the business that they support. This article is about a recent client request and how we made an on-the-fly adjustment to a workshop, which resulted in a big win for the presenters…. Read more »
Sometimes, we get a little too excited about the material we’re presenting. In those moments, when the sales data is good beyond all expectations, the research findings uncovered lots of opportunities for growth, or the team has come up with the perfect solution to a client’s problem, the impulse is to build the story for… Read more »
I recently delivered a workshop for eight very nervous presenters. They were a great group and talked very frankly about their worries and concerns about presenting. Their nervousness stemmed from different things. For example, One of the presenters hated being the center of attention, so speaking to groups increased her anxiety. One was a non-native… Read more »
Some time back, Dale and I were the guest speakers on a webinar. The topic was about how we’ve redefined business presentations as Orderly Conversations. We were talking about the use of eye contact and pausing in order to get yourself engaged in the conversation. When we talk about being engaged as a presenter, we’re… Read more »
As a presenter, when you are engaged in the conversation, you are connected to your thoughts and externally focused on the people you are speaking with. If you’ve been in business for any length of time, you know that some presenters are NOT engaged in the process. Not only are their presentations hard to listen… Read more »
Originally published on Training Industry’s blog May 23, 2016 As a leader, you expect the people you work with to communicate effectively and efficiently. Too often, they don’t. Meetings waste time. Presentations fail to persuade and sometimes seem pointless. Employees disengage, and everyone dreads the next meeting. Much of this could be avoided if people remembered that all business… Read more »
Are you heading to the ATD (Association for Talent Development) International Conference & Exposition May 22-25, 2016? Join Greg Sunday, May 22 at 1:30 for The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined.
In a recent workshop, I coached a learner who was a really strong presenter from the start. She was particularly good at articulating how she wanted to be perceived by her listeners and what she needed to work on to improve. Her main issue was speed. She was excited about her topic, which is great,… Read more »