Does the thought of presenting or speaking in public rock your very core? So many are paralysed – reduced to a hyperventilating, sweaty fight or flight muddle by the very thought of getting up in front of a group. And yet, having the presence to deliver your intended message in an impactful way is a vital foundation skill that we can all learn. I think that they should teach this stuff in school. And not only in the debating society. The ability to perform with passion and conviction is all about a simple change in focus – from ourselves to our audience.
So as a start, with a focus on your audience, you need to apply the power of PIE. That is Persuading, Informing, Entertaining or Educating. I’m not too keen on yet another acronym, however, we all like the power of PIE/Pi/pie.
This particular PIE is all about the purpose or objective of your talk – whether you are delivering to the members of the board or at a conference of thousands. What are you trying to achieve? Do you need to persuade; are you simply informing; does it need to be entertaining or is the purpose to educate? Once you are clear in your own mind, you have the flavour or tone of your presentation. The secret here is to keep the focus, don’t waiver.
The charismatic Steve Jobs does it best: