Business Documents hit the stage

One of us was let lose this month and found himself in front of 300 sleepy post-lunch sets of eyes staring blankly back at him. Of course, the content up on the stage screen was grossly over-engineered as our intrepid speaker could not shake the thought that by representing Business Docs in a public arena, the slides had BETTER be good!

For what it is worth, here are a few tips we can offer for getting up on stage and trying to stop a room full of people boo or fall asleep.

  1. Remember who your audience is
  2. Tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them it, then remind them what you just told them
  3. Humans seem to work better with 3 things be it sections, content or ideas
  4. Memorise your lines, practice your lines, learn the flow
  5. Know your next slide so you can transform effortlessly from one to another
  6. If you even bother with slides – some of the best speakers use few
  7. Don’t be so rigid with your presentation that you can’t flex a little with the mood in the room
  8. Don’t sell your own product – sell your presentation
  9. Make it feel like you wrote it for that audience
  10. Remember that they are more scared of you than you are of them*

*That might be dogs

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Last Updated : October 24th, 2017