I have an admission to make; in a previous post I incorrectly claimed to be a presenter, thinking that clicking-through a powerpoint deck, running the odd workshop at the office, and wedding, funeral and party stand-ups somehow made me a presenter! How wrong I was. It’s like pulling on a pair of trainers and shorts and calling yourself an athlete. Presentation skills are made not born, well at least in my case that’s true.
I recently joined a local speaker’s club and have started my first baby-step on the road to effective public speaking. I made the ‘B1’ Making a Start speech on Thursday 26th March, and didn’t make a complete fool of myself, which was nice. My fellow speakers were very supportive and seemed to find it interesting.
Here is my personal evaluation:
- Structure and timing – quite good I think.
- Use of visual aids – ok, but maybe a bit early in my career to try ‘walking and chewing gum’ at the same time!
- Gestures – probably a bit fidgety and self-conscious. I need to practice more in front of a mirror and with an audience.
- Engagement, rapport, humour, empathy, tone of voice etc. – really, I had to try and do all that as well, this is a tough business!
Of course, it’s early days, but I’m pleased with my start. I’m looking forward to the next step (formal speech) in The Speakers Guide, ‘Mean what you say’.
This topic was drawn largely from 2 earlier blogs about my portfolio career and a top 10 things that a Business Analyst does – and the challenges of describing my particular job to anyone who unwittingly asks me in a lift…so what do you do?
What has any of this got to do it with IT elements and the IT elementary school?
Well, I have applied to do some professional speaking later in the year to hundreds of my peers in London and Las Vegas – I know, tough gigs, but somebody has to do it 😉
I will talk about my approach to teaching basic IT concepts, including the outcomes of some research into the effectiveness of self-learning materials. My aim is to become the best possible presenter between now and September…oops, that’s looking like quite a walk!
Thank you for your comments and feedback; what are your experiences of trying to talk the walk?
(c) 2015 Antony Lawrence CBA Ltd.