Delivering a Powerful Message

By Morag Barrett on February 16, 2012

Posted by Morag Barrett | February 16, 2012Delivering a Powerful MessageIn my earlier posts I have talked about the gap between knowing and doing and the importance of practice in learning new skills.  This is particularly true when it comes to delivering a powerful message to others. Whether it be an all hands meeting, a team meeting or a conference presentation, too often i find that leaders are prepared to ‘wing-it’ and rush into a presentation minutes before with little preparation.  The excuses range from“I didn’t have time, I can do this” through to “it’s only my team, they will understand”.Your reputation, your credibility is impacted by how effective you can communicate.  Don’t make the mistake of underestimating this.If you are nervous then I would advise that you memorize your opening. This will help ensure that you can run on ‘auto pilot’ in those early moments as you calm your nerves and settle into your stride. This is assuming that you are able to take notes to use for the remainder of your presentation. However the goal is to refer to these only as necessary, not to read them, you need to know the remainder of your presentation well, but you don’t need to commit to memory.Presentations and public speaking are AUDIBLE activities. In order to practice effectively you do need to talk out loud. You cannot practice by simply reading your script in your head.You need toPractice out loud…in the car, in the office, in the shower, where ever the opportunity presents itself.LISTEN to yourself. You need to be comfortable with how your voice sounds, you need to listen to what you are saying – does it still make as much sense spoken out loud as it did on paper? If necessary don’t be afraid to re edit your content.Practice in a room similar to the one you will be delivering in, your voice will sound different in a larger room and you will likely have to practice projecting your voice, especially if a wireless mic is not provided.Practice with an audience – get feedback on style and content.PracticeGet the picture? I have made the mistake of practicing in my head – it doesn’t work – presentations are about talking out loud – so make sure you doRelated ArticlesTags »leadership development denverleadership training coloradoLearningPresentation Skillsteam building coloradoteam building denver Share
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