Tip #10: Itâ€™s a performance.
Oh yes it is. Your talk is most definitely a performance, and you are most definitely a performer.
Are you on a stage? On a podium? Talking to a room full of people? Ever gotten an anxiety attack before your talk? Yep – youâ€™re a performer.
Your presentation isnâ€™t just the words youâ€™re saying. Itâ€™s not just the slides, or your movements, or your transitions … itâ€™s not even just your content. Itâ€™s all of that – content, delivery, visual cues, the way you talk, etc – all rolled up into a big wad of performance.
Those people who read â€œacademic papersâ€ word for word? Those people who do the PowerPoint 10-points-per-slide thing, and basically read their outline? They probably have great content. Sit down with them for dinner, and let them share – itâ€™ll be amazing, Iâ€™m sure. But that thing they just did on the stage, in front of people? It was a performance … but probably not a very good one (and believe me – Iâ€™ve been there, done that, so Iâ€™m guilty as charged).
But you? You know better. You have great content. A great idea or new angle that you want to share. And you know that to deliver it well in a presentation setting â€¦ well, you have to deliver great content, and turn in an engaging performance, too.
No, you donâ€™t have to be the most amazing presenter in the world. But DO give what youâ€™re doing on stage some thought, and Iâ€™m guessing that youâ€™ll be much more interesting than â€œthose other presenters.â€