One of the essential obligations of leadership, is giving a variety of presentations, to various groups, components, etc, on many relevant topics. One must be ready, willing, able, and totally PREPARED, to give the best, possible, presentation, which is informative, inspiring, motivating, and grabs the attention (and maintains it) of his audience. Doing so, effectively, requires, both, a positive, can – do, attitude, as well as a professionally trained, honed, effective, relevant, aptitude, and skill – set. When these are effective, their impact is generally one, which attracts others to some call, to action, but when these are done, in a less – than prepared, manner, often, have a detrimental one! With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, some of the key elements/ components, involved.
1. Priorities; perceptions; planning: How can a leader know, if he has aligned his priorities, with those of his organization, and stakeholders? Do his perceptions of the constituents, align, with those of the members? How much time, and effort, will be spent, and dedicated, to professional, effective planning, to be as prepared as possible, to make a difference, for the better?
2. Relevant; rationale; realistic: You’ll lose their interest, unless, your presentation is, both, relevant, as well as perceived, as being so! Results are generally better, when/ if, you explain your rationale, in an inspiring way! One must realize, it is essential to proceed, in a realistic way, because others, will doubt you, unless they believe you are being attentive to them, and the best interests of the group, as a whole!
3. Empathy; emphasis: Before speaking, and presenting, it’s essential to effectively listen, and learn, from every conversation, and experience, and, proceed with the ultimate degree of genuine empathy! One must align his emphasis, with these qualities and ideals!
4. Participatory; posture: When one’s presentation is participatory, and proactive, others feel more involved and committed! When presenting, your body language is significant, so one must pay keen attention to his posture, etc.
5. Aptitude; attitude; attention; articulate; actions: When one possesses, both, the necessary aptitude, and attitude, and proceeds with the level of keen attention, which makes others feel cared – for, he articulates a message, which inspires them, to fully consider his important, call, to actions!
6. Reach out; reasons: Reach out to others, and show them how your ideas, align and benefit your reasons, to belong, and become more involved, and committed!
7. Excellence; endurance; energy/ energize: Don’t call – it – in! Demand your ultimate personal excellence, and don’t accept, good – enough! Obviously, this takes additional effort, and endurance, but, your level of personal energy, will energize those, you are trying, to engage!
8. Delve deeply; discover; deliver; do it: Fully consider, and examine, what you seek to achieve, and why! This means, delve deeply, into all relevant aspects and considerations, and discover, the best approach! Then, pursue success, by exceeding expectations, and deliver on your promises! Don’t just talk about something, but do it, and lead, by example!
When you are PREPARED for your presentation, you’ll do a better job! Do you really want, to become more effective, and better, at what, you do?