How to get immediate presentation
improvement with three simple steps
BY MAX DIXON
Have you ever seen a speaker do a good job, and then later seen the same speaker knock it out of the park? You can’t tell what they changed, but
some subtle di;erence makes all the di;erence.
THE SECRET PROCESS
In my programs, I work with volunteers to dramatically
improve their presentation through a two-minute whispered suggestion. For the first time ever, I will share with
you the secret.
Here is the setup.
¡ The volunteer speaks for 15 to 20 seconds.
¡ I notice something, and have the person stop speaking.
¡ I take the individual aside and whisper a brief instruction.
¡ The speaker repeats the same presentation.
¡ Jaws drop, every time.
HOW IT WORKS
Most speakers have a bad habit that’s protecting them.
Often, it’s something they believe serves them and they
do not want to change it. All of us have this, including
every outstanding speaker you have ever seen.
So how do you fix it?
Let’s pick a speaker who has a loud, dynamic voice.
And, he is so good that he is successful, even with the
consistently loud voice.
After the 15 to 20 seconds, I pull him aside and whisper:
The key is to give the speaker something to accomplish; in this case, take care of the little kids. Critique is
not helpful if you do not provide them with something
specific to do.