1. We’re your first—and toughest—audience
When you’re not as fascinating as you think you are, better to hear it from us than your audience. We call it like we see it by focusing in on specific areas needing improvement. Your job is to be clear and compelling when presenting — our job is to make sure it happens. We will challenge your comfort level and encourage you to challenge ours.
2. We don’t start with a ‘method’. We start with you.
We’ve helped lots of people to develop and deliver great presentations. And we mean lots of people! While other firms claim to have “The Method” for creating presentations, our years of experience and academic backgrounds tells us that one size does not fit all. We know each speaker’s needs are different – based on learning style, experience, and cultural background.
We will work with you through all stages to develop a well-constructed, engaging, and authentic presentation:
- Conducting a presentation audit
- Developing a preparation plan
- Coaching your delivery
- Practicing Q and A.
The result will be a well-constructed, engaging, and authentic presentation.
3. A little anxiety is a good thing.
A lot of anxiety isn’t. Presenting makes most people nervous. The problem is that when you look uncomfortable, your audience feels uncomfortable. We will help you deliver with confidence and control. We have two decades of experience coaching people with mild to extreme stage fright – we’ve even published a book on managing speaking anxiety.
4. You’ve got 37 seconds—Make it quick
Research tells us you have less than a minute to grab your audience’s attention and compel them to care. If you miss this opportunity, it’s game over…no next round of funding, no closed deal, no positive PR. The stakes are high.
5. Don’t tell them everything you know.
Too much knowledge can be a curse! We know you’ll likely have more to say than your audience needs to hear, but often saying everything leads to saying nothing at all. To make your points memorable, your audience must always be your primary focus. That’s why we care a little less about what you want to say and more about what your audience needs to hear. We help you target your presentation to directly address your audience’s needs in a relevant, engaging way.
6. PowerPoint isn’t the presentation…You are!
Slides – used properly – can make a good presentation great, but no amount of PowerPoint pizzazz can make a bad speech good. We’ll help you get the slides and their synchronization right, but we won’t stop there. We know that relating to your audience with a solid structure and delivering confidently and authentically are what make for a memorable presentation. That’s why we start with the fundamentals and make sure you’ve got them down cold.
7. We want to work ourselves out of a job.
We won’t overstay our welcome. Once you’ve worked with us, you’ll have the tools and techniques at your disposal to communicate more effectively — be it during other presentations, client meetings, or the selling cycle. Immediate results while building skills for future presentations is our goal.