Six Ps Of Powerful Presentations by Chris King
todays fast paced world, being able to present our messages powerfully
is not just an asset, but has become a necessity. Whether we are presenting
one-on-one or to a large group, we will be successful if we make use of
what I term as The Six Ps of Powerful Presentations.
These Ps are the ingredients that combined effectively produce
a Presentation with Power, Persuasion, Polish, and
The first P
stands for Passion. If we are not passionate about our topic, our
ideas, and/or our products, our presentation will lack enthusiasm and sincerity.
No one loses credibility more quickly than the presenter/speaker who appears
to be giving a canned speech that doesnt come from the heart.
The second P stands for Preparation. Some presenters
pride themselves on winging it which quickly becomes obvious
to the audience. I am not advising memorization of your preparation, but
I suggest knowing your topic thoroughly, having more material than you
need, and creating an outline or roadmap to follow. A suggestion that
works well is to have a strong opening and closing, and memorizing both
The third P stands for Partnership. As presenters,
we become most effective when we form partnerships with those who are
experiencing our presentations. We can achieve this by pre-presentation
contact and by caring about those in the audience. The beginning speaker
is most concerned about him or herself, whereas the professional cares
about the listeners.
And that takes us to the fourth P which stands for
Professional. The effective presenter acts, looks, and talks like
a professional. The professional is early to arrive and makes sure that
everything is in place and that any technical equipment is in working
order. The professional returns phone calls and e-mails in a timely fashion
and sends requested information immediately.
The fifth P stands for Props. These include
handouts, visuals, Power Point programming, music, and objects that serve
as metaphors or examples. Not only do visuals help enhance the information
that is being presented, they help the audience remember our points. The
warning is to not overdo in this area and not depend upon them to do our
work for us, otherwise props can detract from the message.
The sixth P stands for Practice. The more we
practice our stories, our ideas, speaking to groups of all sizes, the
more effective we will become as powerful presenters. Some presenters
practice in front of a mirror. Some tape themselves and listen to the
tapes. Some practice their stories on friends and family. I do a lot of
my practicing while driving.
When we put all of the Ps together, we will not only
give powerful presentations, we will enjoy doing it and our audiences,
in turn, will enjoy listening to us. We will achieve Power, Persuasion,
Polish, and Pizzazz!
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