On James Whittaker’s "The art of stage presence"
One of my colleagues suggested me to look into James Whittaker’s course "The art of stage presence" to improve my presentation skills. So I did. I wrote this post is mainly for myself to go back and read James' five laws on presentation performance every other six months. If you can use it too, it is even better.
So here goes...
Law one – “start strong” Do
Practice your opening over and over
Say it well so the audience knows your talk is going to have value
Craft an opening that fulfills your concept in 30 seconds
Start by introducing yourself
Squander the chance of making a great impression
Try to build suspense
Law two – “focus on the content” Do
Focus on the overriding concept that wins the audience
Present the framework that you need to get inside the audience’s head so that details have a place to land
Focus on the details
Law three – “show, don’t tell” Do
Show the audience what’s possible
Tell your audience what to do or what to understand
Law four – “speak for the audience” Do
Speak for the audience
Think about what they will take away from your talk
Think about their interests and needs into account
Speak to the audience
Make this about yourself
Law five – “Stick the landing” Do
Frame the landing around one thing you want the audience to remember
Introduce anything new
That's it. Watch the video below to really appreciate this post. You might even want to download my slide deck of the five laws and use it for something good. Cheers!
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