Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Part III of Presenting

The intro. The data is not completely concise. From 15 seconds to two minutes but the message is the same. How you start a presentation makes all the difference. My opinion is you have 30 seconds to hook the audience with Energy A story Having Fun Direction I know that is a lot. So lets talk about what doesn't work for sure. The "Glad to be here hope you are enjoying the..." This adds no value for the audience. Then "I am XXX and my experience is XXX" Sure if you are giving a deep technical discussion - credentials matter but otherwise - Boring! Or a story of how important the presentor is (Unless you are a president - you probably arn't that important I like to start with a story that grounds me with the audience. A goofy story about how I screwed somethign up that everyone can relate to? Bottom line, Hook the audience early. If you are going to invest in one good story, make it the first story you tell!

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Part II of Presenting (Topic Ideas)

Where do you come up with topic ideas? For me I am always looking, reading articles or just seeing something that triggers an idea. I then take that basic idea and put it into a OneNote that I have where those ideas sit to see if they still ring true in the future. If I am still intrigued I then write up a teaser for that presentation that on the page has my picture and my bio. That goes out to the world to see if people are interested in hearing that presentation (Usually through industry events looking for speakers) Yep, I book presentations that are not written. Last part is putting together that presentation - that will be the next part of the series!

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Presentation Training

I have been doing some presentation training and sometimes you need to go back to the basics. I am going to do a several part series on this (My personal opinion on presenting) First you must be prepared with some basics. If you are presenting to a room. What are you connecting to. Do you have the adapaters> I have a presentation kit. All the HDMI to VGA, USBC, Display port and more. Amazon makes this easy to get the pile of adapters you might need. Next, have the laptop charged. But I always prefer to be plugged in. You never know if your intro presenter takes too long or if your battery isn't like it was from new. You also want to make sure you have power settings for never go to sleeep on PPT presentations (There is a profile for this) Do your Windows updates (I don't want to have the laptop off then when turning it on - it is applying updates) Then make sure you are on a clean boot! I want to reboot close to my presentation so there is no hanging gremlins. Shut off all your messaging apps (Many times I shut off wireless just to be sure) that way you are not getting notifications or people reading your messages when presenting! Then use your own clicker if you can. You can remember better what clicks forward and back, to black the screen and to have a laser pointer if you need one. Just trying to eliminate all the potential problems! Know your screen setup. If you have the "Preview" screen infront of you? Are you using your phone or tablet for notes? With the above, know if you are being recorded. The camera person usually tells you where you can go to (How far and such) Usually they have tape marking! Know if you are using a microphone, where you can go and how far. If you go infront of speakers it tends to feedback! Have your water so if you get a frog during presentation you can go to it! Control your intro (Make sure they know how to intro you (Or in my opinion, not) Take a lanyard off (If you have one) it can be a distraction, bang the mic or such. Again, eliminate the unknown. I prefer not to wear hard soled shoes. Depending on the stage, it can be like tap shoes! I am not a fan of external AV or if you are, make sure you can survive without it! I have seen speakers spend 10 minutes tring to get it going. Not worth the distraction and pain. Know what you are going to do if the answer is "Nothing is working" Be prepared to entertain either way. Assume when putting deck together that screen will be small so make fonts big! This is all BEFORE you present. Next I will dive into the actual building of a presentation.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

More people must mean better productivity? More results?

Recently I have been in meetings, invited to meetings or more where we have to have multiple people to cover all bases because no one wants to either step on toes or make decisions for THEIR department without buy in. This causes a meeting to have to have another meeting since we need to invite the "Others" which essentially we start over and then try and make some kind of decision. I don't know about you but given the choice between another meeting or accepting people I trust decision and being more efficient - I am going with TRUST. Will it be exactly the way you wanted? Nope, probably not but could you move forward and be productive. In my opinion absolutely. Maybe all meetings should be held sitting on the floor or standing. This way people are not comfortable and get to the point.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Getting Lost

I have to admit before GPS I was horrible at navigating. Heck I still am? Is the map saying that road or the next? But one thing I think I do well is keep the main thing the main thing. Beyond that I am really good at identifying the main thing. I would say on Google maps the main thing is showing your driving to the top of the map. (I recently found you can orient it to North always - so confusing) Anyway. What is your direction? Many times I see people and companies orient to; Process (Over people) Technical issues over customer experience Distraction away from what you are successful doing Just some small examples. It is the purpose of leadership to keep clarity and direction right up front.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

What is next

I recently was having a conversation with an Euteneuer that sold his business and he was contemplating what is next for him. This is not unique to business owners, heck I spent my entire career working to get to my current position and now...what is next. Maybe it is ok to not have a next for a while? Let’s face it I am a next guy. Always looking forward to the next. I sturggle living in the moment so maybe I should just slow down and enjoy the current? I don't think I know how to do that! Just because I don't know what is next does not mean I am not preparing for next (Not knowing what it is) Building people, skills and more. Something interesting we did discuss was that both of us have worked from our first job early in life till now without a break. He was going to take a few months to just get some projects he wants done and relax. (Honestly, I am not sure he can do that!) I have always thought this would be interesting, take a few months and have no destination for a while. (I think I need the stress to keep things going) For now, I will keep looking forward with no intent to slow down.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Presenting Part Duo

Presenting is one of those things that if you are interesting you are better than 75%. I think people are stuck on this whole process (Probably because we are taught in school...don't get me started) Things I think are just wrong 1. Sticking strictly to facts (I have google so I can find my own facts" Give me opinions and vision. 2. Slow pace - yep, I can read your slides, I don't need it read to me. 3. Don't underestimate your audiences ability to go fast pace! 4. So much time. the average sitcom is 22 min and most people struggle to stick with that. You think you can keep people entertained for an hour? Stick and move. 5. Questions - most of the time I hate this part of the presentation. 6. People getting stuck in the tech (IE the clicker wont work and so on) be prepared to go without. 7. Tell stories - the more personal the better. 8. Have fun as a group! Just the short list but more to come...