The mighty talk


The Power Presenter Profile

I am watching her deliver, she is in front of the room, reaching out, loud and clear and yet not saying a thing, verbally at least.   She looks the part, she’s moved the lectern to the side and her presentation is 4 slides for a 20 minute presentation.  It is clear that she understands and cares about her subject, she even laughs when she makes a mistake, this makes the audience smile with her….

Seven simple steps to giving a great presentation…

1. Be prepared

Know your subject, not just from a features or functions point of view, not just the cold side of it.  The warm side, the warm side that your audience can relate to.  The benefits, the need, the want, the emotion and deliver it with heart and possibly humour if appropriate.

2. Be seen


Stand up, front of stage.  Lecterns are for hiding behind, for the meek and unprepared. Do not have your audience looking for you… Be seen, move, attract, use your body language to your best advantage, your audience will be reading your body language anyway! 

3. Be heard

Your voice should be strong, not shouting.  You should have movement in your voice, let the audience hear your passion, your expertise, grip them with what you are saying.  

4. Be clear

Why are you there?  What is your message? How do you best deliver the message? What do you want happening after your presentation?  Does your presentation meet your requirements? Do you?

5. Be prepared

When things go wrong, and this may happen, see it as a great opportunity to impress your audience, be prepared to laugh at yourself (not others), improvise (easier if you know your subject) and generally be likeable.  People like people.

6. Be believable

Silhouette of hiking man jumping over the mountains We (people) do not generally trust the unbelievable.

7. Breathe

 Capture your audience and have them thinking about you long after your presentation…


Check out this Ted Talk with Amy Cuddy, your body language shapes who you are

Attitude, behaviour and skills equals motivation, engagement and delivering

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Margo Manning
Founder of Bute Learning and Development and Bute Coaching.
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