HOW PREPARATION ALWAYS WINS
Most people who face public speaking situations will initially engage in a decision about what they wish to communicate, shaping the material around the demand of the occasion, or the requested theme. This is a very important part of any presentation, and yet surprisingly it certainly isn’t the only aspect that makes a successful and inspirational presentation. Of course, it’s true to report that if we do not prepare the content of our presentation, we won’t achieve success – IF WE FAIL TO PREPARE, WE PREPARE TO FAIL. However, in addition to the content, there are other even more vital aspects of ‘presentation perfection’ that must be addressed in order to be 100% effective, and then to truly be successful as an inspirational and motivating communicator.
“ The first thirteen seconds of the presentation proves to an audience whether they like you are not. In anticipation, the public speaker is preeminent in the spectators mind, essentially they want us to be great, but if we flounder, we can miss out on the experience!” BRIAN COVEY
All successful communication is based on the response we receive. This means that if you are a successful communicator, you will receive the response you want. The converse is also true, if you aren’t successful, you won’t receive the desired response about your presentation. This interestingly is the essence of response-ability – the ability to respond. If someone is irresponsible, it means they simply lack the ability to respond. Unfortunately, we often complicate this human trait by assuming the irresponsible individual is churlish, rude, inappropriate, stubborn or maladroit, whereas in truth they often just don’t know how to respond to what is expected of them. Perhaps this is so because it hasn’t been made clear what the expectations are!
Neuro-Linguistic Programming offers an interesting paradigm about what the constituent parts of any successful presentation are, and what the leads are to an inspirational, speech, lecture, dissertation or exposition. According to NLP most audience response is based on:
- 60% BODY LANGUAGE
- 40% VOICE TONE
- 10% Content