Perfect is the Wrong Target for Your Presentation

A man wearing a bullseye shirt representing the pursuit of perfect

Business writer Patrick Lencioni says, “Trying to design the perfect plan is the perfect recipe for disappointment.” He’s on to something. Lencioni has sold more than five million books. The same holds for presentations. Perfection doesn’t work there either. No one ever walked out of a business presentation and said to a colleague, “Wow, that was a perfect PowerPoint.” Never. No, you don’t want to come across as sloppy, unprepared, or unprofessional. That’s common sense. But stop short of aiming … Continue reading

How a Comedian Can Help You Improve Your Next Presentation

Comedian on Stage

On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I took my son and his friends (all over 21 years old) to a comedy club where I saw a comedian use a seamless technique to get the audience involved his routine. Any business presenter can use the same technique–without having to be funny. It comes down to this, a technique all good comedians and trial lawyers use: ask leading questions—all while the audience thinks you are just having a conversation. How the … Continue reading

A Simple Way to Share Complicated Material in a Presentation

A finger showing how to navigate complicated material in a presentation

The only thing harder than getting an audience’s attention is getting it back after you’ve lost it. Once they’re gone, they’re usually gone for good. Oh, you might still see people sitting in front of you, but they’ve checked out. And nothing gets people to check out faster in a presentation than confusing them with complicated information. That said, there are plenty of times we have to present complicated, intricate, or complex information. Do it in a way that makes … Continue reading

What Country Music Singers Can Teach You About Business Presentations

Two musicians playing guitar on stage.

My wife and I spent last weekend in Nashville where our son lives. We had a Sunday Fun-Day, hitting different bars and restaurants around town listening to music. After seeing six or seven different performers and duos a couple of parallels emerged between performers and business presenters. When the spotlight shines on you, you have to be ready to shine too. Just get going! The Spotlight: They use a spotlight for a reason. It shows people where to look. Audiences … Continue reading