As you may or may not know, I have been honored to spend the last 36 or so years supporting people to truly ‘connect’ from the stage.
This has put me in the very fortunate position of helping leaders across the globe put techniques, tips and tricks into action and then observing the great reaction from their audiences.
It’s not always been easy for them.
All leaders are naturally expected to be brilliant communicators in the boardroom, on TV or on the stage. They need to effortlessly get their key messages across in a confident, relaxed and, if appropriate, a warm humorous way.
But just how natural is this?
Put simply – its not!
Nobody is born as a great communicator, It takes focus, hours of practice (whether consciously or subconsciously) and the will-power to succeed.
Having researched some of the greatest communicators of all time, from the Greek Scholars through to Martin Luther King, they all had to work hard to achieve success. For example Demosthenes, the famous orator of ancient Athens shaved his head to prevent him appearing in public to force himself to concentrate on his presentation style. He also hung a sharp sword from the roof to improve his posture.
I don’t particularly recommend either strategy in a modern boardroom, but the principle of single-mindedness and the effort to learn still applies.
In my travels though, it’s a sad fact that I do occasionally meet people who feel that to ask for help with their presentation style would be to admit weakness.
This can get in the way of success.
It’s a common misconception that by using tools like PowerPoint with lots of slides and hundreds of bullet points, any key messages will be remembered and acted upon.
The reality is all will probably be forgotten by lunchtime.
It doesn’t need to be this way though – getting effective insight and support is a great opportunity
And if you need proof, just look at Rio and the Olympics – Every successful athlete relies on their coach (or more often than not, coaches) to give them their competitive edge. They don’t just hope that things will work out and make excuses.
As we tell our kids….. hard work, effort and seeking to learn will pay off in the long run.
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