Why Presentation Stories
Let me tell you a story,
When I was a kid, I played soccer and basketball. I have minimal coordination, but I was one of the first to get my growth spurt and I could run forever which made me good enough to see some playing time. At the end of each season we would have a celebration dinner at the Lion’s club (or something like that). You know, strip steak and mashed potatoes. Oh yeah!
As an aside - I got terrible food poisoning from strip steak some 10 years later and I think I have eaten it once in the last 20 years and that was because my choice was strip steak or starvation.
Anyway, at these dinners they would ask the team to say something. My best friend and I would usually take the stage and say something funny and kid-stupid (read: poop joke) that would get everyone laughing. I remember at a big event a while later my school asked me to emcee something because I was a good speaker (read: I told more I hate my sister jokes than poop jokes).
Over the last 20+ years I have marveled at the opportunity to present yourself - and those who do it well. “Presenting” is quickly associated with actually giving a presentation, but the reality is, you are always presenting yourself. Maybe it is meeting your in-laws for the first time, maybe meeting your future-wife for the first time. The first day at work. The interview. Moving to a new neighborhood. Some of these occasions mean more than others, but they are all a “presentation.” What I have found, is that the people who are most in control of these situations are those who are genuine to who they are and share their stories.
I admire people who don’t make themselves out to be more than they are. I love the stories that are soaking with bad decisions and humility. I appreciate storytellers who love others’ stories more than their own not because of their quality but of their authenticity. Emotion is the best tool a presenter can have. In other words, the people who speak from their heart and minds are the best - in all situations.
That is what Presentation Stories is about. Everyone has a story but not everyone is a storyteller - I think we can help with that.
With Presentation Stories, the goal is to change the way we communicate in all types of presentations. PowerPoint and the convention it brings takes too much time to perfect and removes the perfect in the person and tries to put it on a slide. Even without PowerPoint we can psych ourselves out by the opportunity and forget that the very best we have is within us.
Now there are mechanics that we have to deal with to give our best selves the opportunity to shine. For example, getting into the mind of our audience to give them the tailored story that is best for them is not easy. What do you do when you have no time to prepare? What happens when your preparation is flawless but your time slot is cut in half? What do you do when the anxiety is crushing? How do you present yourself in an interview so you are not just another resume? How do you impress your boss even when the metrics are bad?
The good news is that we are going to work through these mechanics for you in our educational material so that you can work on you and your story. Great stories live on and on because they make a lasting impression no matter who/what/when/where you are. Think of the great stories in your life. What do remember first, the way you felt or what you were wearing? Do you remember your hair that day? Can you remember what font color the presenter used? Do you remember if they had too many words on the slides? Did they go over their time slot?
With the greatest presentations I gave I remember the emotional energy I put into the material and into my audience more than the material itself. I hope that Presentation Stories convinces you that every second you invest in your story is 100 fold better than the energy you put into the slides you use.
So, tune in and check us out. Subscribe if you haven’t and I will keep you posted as our material is released. Also, give us feedback, it’s the only way we get better and focus on the material that you want.
Here is to great stories,