I am getting ready to go to Istanbul.
I’m speaking at the eCommerce Expo there on Friday (I have the 9:30 to 10:15 slot).
In case you’re in the area, it’s at the Halic Congress Center Pera Building on Friday (31st May).
I’m starting to get nervous.
There’s a scene in The Godfather when Michael stands outside the hospital and lights the cigarette of a nervous henchman. The henchman’s hands are shaking, but Michael’s are rock solid. This is when the young Corleone realises that he can handle the pressure of being a big time gangster.
That’s what I used to be like before I’d step on stage to speak, hands steady with confidence … but now, as I get older, and as I get better, I find myself getting as nervous as hell.
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A friend of mine was on a Communications Skills course the other day.
Part of the course covered the importance of non-verbal communication, using Mahrabian’s famous 7%/38%/55% equation showing the relative importance of verbal / paralinguistic / facial expression in communication
This was simplified into a content v style dichotomy, emphasising the importance of style (the 38% + 55%: how it was said) over content (the 7% verbal: what was actually said).
My pal was unconvinced that content was only worth a measly 7% of the message and style a whopping 93%.
This is mixing two concepts together, and not really understanding either: the style v content debate is one thing, the (over-)simplified (usually incorrect) use of Mehrabian’s equation is another.
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I’m pulling together the presentation for an event I’m speaking at next week, and I’m starting to struggle, and so to keep myself amused, I put together this rather long and mixed-up list of golden rules for presentations:
1. PowerPoint is not a presentation
PowerPoint is a useful tool, but it is not the presentation itself.
It might form part of the presentation: showing visuals, capturing points, keeping the agenda clear etc. – but the presentation is, in approximate order of importance:
- Your objective(s) (what do you want the audience to do/think as a consequence of your presentation?)
- The audience (who are these people?)
- The content (what is the story you want to tell?)
- The presenter (who are you, what’s your style?)
- The environment (where will this happen, what are the pros and cons of that?)
- What tools can I use (not just PowerPoint, but anything else that would help me achieve my objective with this audience in this location …?)
- How can I amplify this by making noise on other channels (Social media etc.)
That puts PowerPoint – a tool – in second-to-last spot, although I just made that list up with minimal thought, so it could be in the wrong order.
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