His family raises livestock on the edge of a vast national park, and one of the biggest challenges is protecting the animals from lions—especially at night. He used that experience to devise a system of lights that would turn on and off in sequence—using solar panels, a car battery, and a motorcycle indicator box—and thereby create a sense of movement that he hoped would scare off the lions. He installed the lights, and the lions stopped attacking. He was painfully shy.
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He recalls meeting Richard Turere, a year old Masai boy, who came up with a solution to one of the biggest challenges livestock farmers in Kenya face: protecting their animals from lions and other wild animals.
He devised a system of lights that created a sense of movement that scared off lions at night. The only problem: Richard seemed not an ideal candidate to give a presentation to a large audience used to listening to polished speakers like Bill Gates and Al Gore. Richard was painfully shy and when he tried to explain his invention, the sentences came out incoherently.
In the months prior to his presentation, the team at TED coached Richard to frame his story — to find the right place to begin, and to develop the story into a killer presentation.
The confidence was there, and every time Richard smiled, the audience melted. When he finished, the response was instantaneous: a sustained standing ovation. The process to create a killer presentation starts six to nine months before the event. A real killer presentation requires lots of planning, devising, rehearsing, and lots of fine tuning along the way. The actual task of transforming a presentation from muddled to mesmerizing is a matter of hours…spread over a longer period of time.
The most vital part of making your story compelling is to conceptualize it and put it in a frame that people want to hear. Think about taking your audience on a journey. As with any journey, how you start it and where you finish it is vital to the entire experience.
The most engaging speakers quickly introduce the topic, explain why they care so deeply about it, and convince the audience members that they should as well.
Instead, use a few specific examples to highlight your ideas. Plan Your Delivery There are three main ways to give a talk. You can read it off a script or teleprompter. Or you can memorize your talk to deliver it word for word as you have practiced it. Of course, the last method is the most time consuming during your preparation. It will require hours of rehearsing. Memorizing your talk, however, is also the most effective once you are in front of your audience. It is the one the TED team recommends to their presenters for a good reason: many of their best and most popular talks have been memorized word for word.
Go with bullet points on flash cards. Another point Chris makes in the HBR article is to sound naturally. Present your information and story in a conversational tone. Be as natural as if you would talk to a group of your friends. Develop Stage Presence Just the thought of standing in front of an audience can be extremely frightening.
To take off some of this edge, always remember that your words, story, and substance is much more important to the audience than the way you stand or if you are visibly nervous. Furthermore, they sensed that he is confident talking about his experience and story. One of the biggest mistakes the TED team sees in early rehearsals is that people move their bodies too much. They sway from side to side or shift their weight from one leg to the other.
They coach their presenters to keep their lower bodies motionless, which can dramatically improve stage presence. Although there are some presenters that are able to walk around the stage during their presentation the late Steve Jobs was very natural doing it , the majority of presenters is better off standing still and relying on hand gestures and facial expressions. The one aspect that will do most for your successful presentation is eye contact.
Make solid eye contact with them while you update them on your work. Plan the Multimedia You probably have heard the advice about PowerPoint or similar presentation software : Keep it Simple!
And never, ever read from your slides. It will only make the audience think that they could do that themselves in the comfort of their home or office. Instead, use powerful images that visualize the key points of your presentation.
They are not needed. It allows the creator of the presentation to zoom in and out and rotate elements for maximum impact.
But use those features sparingly. The more practice the presenters can put in during the final weeks, the more compelling the presentation will be. If you have something to say, you can build a great talk. Remember, there is no one good way to give a killer presentation. The most memorable talks offer something fresh, something that is engaging, and relevant to the audience. Read the full article on the Harvard Business Review website.
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How to Give a Killer Presentation
He recalls meeting Richard Turere, a year old Masai boy, who came up with a solution to one of the biggest challenges livestock farmers in Kenya face: protecting their animals from lions and other wild animals. He devised a system of lights that created a sense of movement that scared off lions at night. The only problem: Richard seemed not an ideal candidate to give a presentation to a large audience used to listening to polished speakers like Bill Gates and Al Gore. Richard was painfully shy and when he tried to explain his invention, the sentences came out incoherently.
How to Give a Killer Presentation – Lessons from TED
Why do they need to take immediate action? How has the idea been vetted? You may have spent two years working on this project. As you outline, make sure you build in this critical element upfront. Have you simplified the structure?