Seated Presentations To Time-Starved Executives
THE CHALLENGE: Can
you get your message across past impatience and distractions?
THE SOLUTION: Make use of these tips:
Control Your Body Language and Voice
For your agenda to be hijacked
Challenge: It will be rare to get through your entire presentation.
Many Senior Managers go off topic quickly. Your time can be cut
at will / you’ll probably begin later than you were told.
- If asked
for a ten-minute presentation prepare seven.
your agenda quickly up front.
- Learn how to cut your presentation on the fly.
- Color code
your notes for levels of importance – key
points that must be delivered in one color, secondary
points in other colors.
The Challenge: Participants using laptops to check e-mail,
talking on cell phones, bringing work to do, having side conversations.
analytical. Ask yourself Is the behavior a lack of meeting
etiquette? Or is the audience giving you
that you are terminally boring? Or is
bad – you’re up last, and they’re up
against a deadline.
it by changing your timing or your voice, or engaging
these individuals in interaction.
a graceful disengagement to reschedule. e.g. “Let’s
allow time to digest, and then reconvene.”
BODY LANGUAGE AND VOICE:
Challenge: Eye Contact is important..
your eye contact as an opportunity to gauge reactions
and interest. e.g.,
- Excess flipping through your
handout as an early
look at the decision-maker, but not ALL of the time.
- Memorize your first 30 seconds so that you can have immediate eye contact.
The Challenge: The way you’re viewed when seated often
speaks louder than your words.
a forward balanced position with both feet flat
on the ground, bearing some
of your weight – this
moves your body and energy forward.
Test it. Cross your legs and observe your
weight shifting backward in the chair.
good posture, alertly tall, but not stiff.
the body language of television anchors.
The Challenge: Gestures, or the lack of them, can be self-defeating.
only a few well-chosen gestures. Keep them small if
you don’t want to spill your coffee or water
all over that
nice wooden table.
you want to become a conductor take a music course. Otherwise
lose that pen. People will focus
on it instead
your space – no hands in your lap and shoulders
indicate tension. Avoid playing with glasses, clicking
your pen, swinging in your chair
or over handling
The Challenge: Your voice counts for 38% of your message
forget to breathe. Oxygen fuels your
down. Plan pauses for timing / to breathe / to
avoid a monotone emphasize
key words vocally.
rely on a prepared
careful of vocal mannerisms – “um”, “you
basically”, etc. Instead, put your
pause and breathe in through your nose.
The Challenge: “Winging It” doesn’t work.
builds confidence so you can think quickly
on your feet.
Your rehearsal will run 20% faster than your
presentation. Plan for it. Here’s
what to practice:
opening so your eyes are not in your notes.
outline / sequence of ideas.
The Prescott Group