Presenting is an act of leadership
Being authentic shows excellence of character and intentions!
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Presenting is an act of Leadership
When you decide to stand up in front of a group of people,
your audience, to deliver a presentation you should think of
yourself as a leader.
"Say, what? No, not me!" I hear you say.
Leaders exist at all levels of social enterprise regardless of
professional affiliation, cultural background or educational
experience. You can be the chief executive of a multinational
corporation or the coach of your local football club. You can
be a teacher or you can be a doctor. You can be young or
you can be older. Still, when your actions inspire others to
dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you
are a leader (John Quincy Adams).
Providing inspiration to think and motivation to act are the
main reasons why people give speeches: There is a message
to send, there is an experience to share, there is an action
that needs to be taken. In this sense all presenters expose
themselves and their inner selves to their followers as
Your followers, i.e., your audience, are very selective. They
can be capricious, they can be critical, they can be skeptical.
They will try to interpret your words and your actions. They
will try to make sense of what you say. They will try to
make sense of what you do not say.
It is your goal and duty to win them over every single time.
You need to guide them in the right direction. You need to make certain that what they think
of you is the opinion that you would like them to have. How can you achieve that? It is not a
small task and there are no magic tricks. You need to rely on your knowledge, your skills and
In particular: Your facts need to be accurate and your conclusions sound. Encourage
comment, acknowledge reactions and anticipate objections. Be prepared and know your
material. Your audience will respect you for that.
Spend time preparing your presentation. Spend time rehearsing your talk. Spend time
knowing how your software and your hardware works. The most demanding talk is the one
that seems effortless and seamless. It is usually the result of hard work and exhaustive
practice. Both you and your audience deserve that.
Always remember that you are there for them. You are there to provide a service. Show that
you care about your audience. Show them that you are there to learn as much as they are.
Take risks and acknowledge your mistakes. Make them feel special. Offer them guidance and
direction. Paint the greater picture and help them see themselves in it.
In short, show them you are a leader.