There are three things your audience expects when you speak to them.
- That you are confident. If you’re not confident you look as though you don’t believe your message
- That you will respect their time. If you want their time and attention you must be engaging. If you’re not, they have every right to check Facebook, e-mails or just fall asleep.
- Have something of value to offer them.
These expectations hold true for one on one conversations and small team meetings just as much as they do for formal presentations. If you cannot be confident and respect the audience’s time and give them value they will not see you as a leader – no matter what the title on your business card says.
If you’ve ever had a presentation that has flopped or not been as effective as you’d like it to be, you will usually find the reasons in these three issues. If you have experienced a poor presentation, check out my latest course Position | Engage | Influence. This course could just be the answer you’re looking for.
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