Presenting is an act of Leadership
When you decide to stand up in front of a group of people,
your audience, to deliver a ...
themselves and their inner selves to their followers as
leaders.
Your followers, i.e., your audience, are very selective. ...
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Presenting is an act of leadership

Being authentic shows excellence of character and intentions!
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Published in: Business      
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  • 1. 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). Facts 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
  • 2. themselves and their inner selves to their followers as leaders. 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. Solutions 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 your values. 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.

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