Presenting Your Innovation Part II: The Eye-Cubed 10+The Bad News About The Fear Of Public Speaking!

24 12 2012

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Is it the middle of the night, super early in the morning or behind closed doors?  Regardless of where you prepare for the innovation presentation of a lifetime, you sit alone, thinking.  Your fingers either hover over the keyboard or grip the pen.  The Eye-Cubed leader makes the most of this precious time.  By starting with the outline on paper or on the screen, your thoughts have a direction, get triggered and begin to flow.  You fill the page/screen with your ideas and before the third cup of coffee gets cold, you are staring at the framework of your completed outline for a successful presentation.    You now can see the finish line because the most important step in the preparation process has been completed—your outline for success:

  1. The opening story:  Do not be afraid of adding drama.  Use a metaphor.  Paint the picture.  The beginning of your presentation needs to grab the team’s attention.
  2. The plan and goal for the meeting:  It is always good to let people know where you are going and what will be covered.
  3. The pain:  How is the status quo hurting your company?  What will happen if the company does not evolve?
  4. The gain:  What is possible?  How big is the opportunity?
  5. Present the “low key” version:  Everyone gets skeptical of overstatements and potential.  Pull back your estimates and present something much smaller yet still powerful.
  6. Find solutions:  Get the team to participate.  Build a list and make sure the desired innovation is on the list, not at the end of the list.
  7. Choose a direction:  Gain commitment to resolve the issue and move forward with the desired innovation.
  8. What are your greatest challenges?: Get the team to list everything that comes to mind regarding possible challenges and solutions.  Add your projected hurdles to the list.
  9. You need a partner:  Add a co-leader/partner or have others lead the initiative with you as a team member.
  10. Commit to updates:  Once you have buy-in, identify the next step and prepare to report on the progress at each strategic meeting each month.

public speaking fear

Please do not think that I have left out the most obvious issue facing some of the greatest Eye-Cubed leaders.  I would be totally remiss to have excluded the impact that “stage fright” or fear of public speaking plays in the scenario.   Unfortunately, I have some difficult news to deliver.  All Eye-Cubed Leaders either have superb presentation skills or develop those skills over time.   This is hard work and warrants a Post specifically dedicated to unveiling ideas and thoughts on how best to enhance the presentation skills you already have.  I once said to a Manager,  now an Officer at PFP, as she worked on developing those skills:

“Speaking in front of people is part of the job.  If you want to be successful in the job, you need to do this and do it well.”

She spent the next several years building her public speaking muscle, participating in The Dale Carnegie program and found the training extremely helpful in building a foundation for public speaking.  Yet the best approach for improving this skill has been to practice in many varied scenarios and use each opportunity to develop the best speech possible and to gain comfort.  While she may still prefer one-on-one communication,  she presents often, presents well and uses the opportunity to communicate as an important tool to lead others.

Delivering the most powerful presentation is a must if you want to be an Eye-Cubed leader and earn the buy-in that you so desperately need for your innovation to get to the next step, implementation.

If you, your company, your industry conference or team is in need of the best keynote speaker, motivational management consultant, or inspirational presenter for your conference, strategic planning meeting or for professional development, click on these words and see how Eye-Cubed-U is prepared to help you. 

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