I am convinced improving your communication skill is one of the most crucial things any leader can do. Whether you’re giving a keynote, a speech, a lesson or a sermon – you want it to be good and you want it to be effective.
Here are five simple things you can do to dramatically improve your next presentation.
1. Reverse the ME/YOU ratio.
People care more about themselves than they care about you, so read through those notes and replace the stuff where you talk about yourself and add in more stuff about your audience.
2. Turn three short stories into one developed story.
Get rid of the six one minute stories and tell one six minute story. Not only will it be better, it will be memorable.
3. Chop five minutes from your talk.
There are very few talks that would not be better if they were shorter. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.
4. Lose the notes.
You’ll definitely leave stuff out and forget to say something, but you’ll connect better with the audience. If you’re afraid to do this, then reduce your notes by 50%. Pair the manuscript down to an outline, or the detailed down to five main thoughts.
5. End with an action step.
As you get to the end of your talk, say, “So what should you DO with all of this.” Then plainly answer the question.