I have followed the Unreasonable.is, they have amazing writers and these people are seasoned entrepreneurs who know their crafts very well. I recently read a blog post by Teju Ravilochan. The blog post really stuck out to me like all the posts I read there and I chose to share this post because of two reasons. 1. The simplicity of the post. 2. The principles taught is easily applicable.
The take away I want to share with you is in an acronym that Teju developed. It is very easy to remember and I hope it helps you as you make presentations and connect with others.
1. Simplicity: I have learned that it is far easier and more effective to make remarkable statements by striping it of complicating and complexity. When you speak or present, ask yourself, is it simple enough for people to easily understand and digest? If not, work to make sure you get rid of the extra unnecessary big words.
2. Unexpectedness: when making speeches or giving a presentation, do not just go the normal route of giving people what they want to hear how they want to hear it. Change things up, this may mean, changing your slides, the images you use or the way you make the presentation. If you are usually known for standing at one spot to make a presentation, change it up by moving around, gesture widely and do not fit yourself and your movement in a tiny box. The image below is definitely unexpected for me. I will be shocked if I came across a quarter that has that inscription on it.
3. Concreteness: when you make a presentation, give a speech, make sure the ideas you are trying to communicate are firm enough that the people you are talking to can relate it to simple things in their lives. Ensure that, people will be able to connect the dot and easily follow the flow and logic of your presentation.
4. Consistency: when you create your 3 points or more, make sure that it flows in a way that does not confuse your audience.
5. Emotions: in this age and time that many gadgets compete for the attention of people, to make your presentation stand out, make sure that you connect with the people in the room, connect your presentation to what matters to them. This means doing your homework and knowing the kind of audience you would have and being diligent in making your presentation worth their time.
6. Stories: yeah, stories! How many of you prefer hearing a story to listening to a long speech that is just full of jargons and technical words? Stories are key in making your presentation sticky. Stories grab attentions and keep the attention of your audience. Even if your audience forget a particular point, they can easily remember it if you further the point with a memorable story.
So what does these six things spells? SUCCESs. See, I told you, it is easy to remember. Most people want to make their presentation a hit, which others call success, I hope this simple and easily applicable acronym will help you as you go out there and make presentations. I am rooting for you. If you ever use any of the six points and it worked, do share your experience. If you have something you will like to add that worked for you in the past, please do share.
Till next time, S.T.A.Y U.N.R.E.A.S.O.N.A.B.L.E. You can follow me on Twitter @tripleola