It's Easy To Be Remarkable
Most busy business owners and professionals claim they don't have any time to create new presentations. If this sounds familiar, read on. You'll find out 5 easy short cuts to create presentations that people won't stop talking about.
Time. Our most precious resource. Let's face it. There's never enough. And finding more seems next to impossible.
So, when you find a presentation planning system that makes things easy and fast...pay attention. It's a lifesaver. Use these instant methods to spread the word about all that you offer. It's the fastest way to grow your business.
Let's jump in.
Short Cut 1. Be Yourself
Stop trying to present like your boss, Oprah, or Jay Leno. Be you. This is first of all an attitude shift. Adjust your mindset. Decide to be completely yourself when presenting your ideas, products and solutions.
Guess what? You'll be unique. There's only one you. This is the fastest way to not only stand out in a crowded market. It's also the BIG secret to transform 'fear of presenting' into 'fun of presenting.'
Short Cut 2. Show and Tell
Audiences want to see and hear your story. If you are a numbers person or a word-only person, that's good for you. But it might not be exactly what your audience is looking for.
Most busy professionals devolve into presenting the way they like to communicate. That's only part of the equation. Present in terms that your audience understands and connects with.
It's unlikely you can ask for a show of hands: "Who would like to see a remarkable presentation with pictures and messages?" or "Who wants to see the spread sheet?" Instead, plan your message to work for anyone in your audience--show-and-tell--is the key that unlocks understanding.
Short Cut 3. Plan In Bite-Size Chunks
Life happens. Time slots are cut. Presentation opportunities shift. You never truly know how much time you'll have.
This short cut is great or preventing panic and looking like a pro in front of clients. Plan in short modules. Make a blueprint of your entire presentation. Highlight the sections that are top priority. Underline the areas that could be left out if time is cut.
With a small amount of planning, you'll be on track for great results--even if your time is slashed.
Short Cut 4. Connect with Each Audience
Even if you are working off a generic or corporate-sanctioned presentation, look for opportunities to customize. Insert the logo of the company or organization you are addressing. Give an industry-specific example.
If you are giving a lot of presentations to different companies, select 5-10 places where you will customize. Make a checklist and do this immediately when you know whom your next audience will be.
Allow time to do a check well before the night before your presentation. Establish your system so you are good-to-go with a presentation that is already focused on each specific audience.
Short Cut 5. Super-Charge with Whiteboard Sketches
It's never enough to pull out last month's slide presentation and dust it off. Instead, super-charge your business presentation with simple whiteboard sketches.
This doesn't mean you need to draw-and-talk just like a master. Instead, look for parts of your presentation where you want to simplify. Focus on the simplest drawings, numbers and words.
Practice this and you'll have a powerful way to stand out in a crowd. After all, your bullet-point-only competitors won't stand a chance when you give a personal and direct whiteboard presentation.
Combine all 5 short cuts and you'll slash planning time by 50% or more. Plus, you'll have a whole lot more fun giving your presentation!
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