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Present Naked

Lesson 27 from: Create and Design Memorable Presentations 

Andrea Pacini

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27. Present Naked

Lesson Info

Present Naked

Welcome to the last chapter. Now, what you've done so far is you've developed a compelling message and then you've also amplified your message using powerful visuals. Now, what what's the next step? Well of course the next step is presentation delivery because in the end you can have the greatest idea in the world, the greatest product, service business in the world. But if you can't communicate it, if you can present it effectively, it doesn't matter. And if you want to be able to present effectively from a delivery perspective, you need to get to a point where and I'm borrowing something here from Gare Reynolds, I mentioned him in one of the previous lessons Guard is the author of presentation zen. It is also the author of another very interesting book which is called the naked presenter which mainly focuses on the delivery aspect of the presentation process. And it says that if you want to be able to present effectively, you need to get to a point where you are able to present naked...

naked like Children, Children like to be naked. We need to be more like Children when we are on stage. Now when he says naked, I don't know what you're thinking about, I don't want to know, but presenting naked is about taking off your protection, it's about removing anything which is there just for your benefit as the presenter and not for the benefit of the audience, you want to make a connection with your audience. But if you think about it, it's hard to connect if you stay at a distance or behind barriers, for example, one of the mistakes I see all the time is that if say in a conference on stage there's election, we like it so much. Isn't that true? And we start presenting from behind the latin or in a business meeting behind the table? Why? Because that's our protection election is a protection between me and the audience. But what that does is it just accentuates the feeling of I'm up here, you are down there teaching mode, whereas what you really want to do is to be communicating with your audience, not just talking at them and there's a massive difference, so get close to your audience if you can and that's why going back to the previous chapter, because things are connected. Another barrier you want to remove is the text on your slides. It's a barrier. It's a protection, it's for you as the presenter to remember what to say, but it doesn't benefit the audience. Now, of course, with this approach you need to prepare well, but I have no solution for this, just do it prepare well, do it so that you never have to look at the world behind you. You need to know your stuff, you need to know your material so well that there is never a need for you to turn your back and read from your slides and that's another way you can establish that connection with your audience and the last barrier you want to remove is your sense of self. Now, we've started this course by talking about the importance of understanding our audience and we started by saying that when we give a presentation, it's their presentation nor yours. Now this is a very important concept when it comes to developing the content of your presentation, but it's also very important from a delivery perspective because when you present, if you think about it, you are there not for yourself, but for your audience, so try not to be worried about whether or not they like you or your style or your approach just be yourself, be authentic, prepare Well, of course, because being yourself is not enough, you need to prepare well, care deeply about your messages and your audience and trust that the rest will take care of itself. You will now, if it doesn't, it's because you're missing something else and what you're missing is exposure, which means that if you really want to improve from a delivery perspective, what you need is not tips and tricks, what you need is exposure. You need to make a decision to get up in front of the audience and share your ideas, but no one's not twice as often as possible, that's how you get better. That's how you improve. For example, if I ask you, what do you think is the most powerful speech ever in history and there is no right or wrong answer, but what comes to your mind now when I asked this question often the answer is martin Luther King? I have a dream and I think it's fair to say that that was definitely one of the most powerful speeches ever. But here is the thing when martin Luther King delivered his, I have a dream speech in front of a quarter of a million people in Washington. That moment in time changed the world. We all agree with them. But what most people don't realize is that before that speech, he had given the exact same speech thousands of times in little churches with six people sitting in the front row and one of them was falling asleep. But he's got a dream. He's got a dream. He's got a dream over and over again to a point where the exact same speech changes the world. That's what I mean by exposure. If you're not doing it today or if you're not doing it enough, you need to make a decision to stand up in front of your audiences and share your audience, but not once, not twice, not 10 times. Not even 100 times 1000 times. That's how you get better. That's how you improve. And that's how your pitch your presentation, your keynote can change the world to who knows? So remember this idea of exposure and presenting naked now, I want to use the next lesson, which is the last one before the conclusion to answer another question I get asked quite often, which is related to rehearsal. The question is, do I need to rehearse? And I have to say this is also one of the main misunderstandings when it comes to effective presentation delivery, so I'll see you in the next lesson.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Exercise #1: ABC - Understanding Your Audience
Exercise #2 - Define Your Objective
Exercise #3: ATR - Brainstorm To Find Your Key Messages
Exercise #3: Mind Map - Brainstorm To Find Your Key Messages
Exercise #3: Traffic Light - Brainstorm To Find Your Key Messages
Exercise #4: 70 Words
Exercise #5: Storylines - Develop Your Storyline
Exercise #6: Storyboard - Sketch and Design Your Visuals
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