Gail Kasper is an Author, Television Host, Certified Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker.
Executive presenting is a combination of "an expression of your strengths" with "a learned skill." In other words, where do you excel in front of an audience? If you have worked with a coach and know these strengths, you can capitalize on them. And with regard to "skill," well, everything is about learning and speech writing is no different.
In developing your material, you MUST keep the audience in mind. Many fail to recognize this and only speak with the intention of impressing themselves. If you are speaking to subordinates, by incorporating stories that include their successes, as well as your own successes and personal failures, you will create warmth and endear them to you. There are 3 main elements to consider when writing your presentation:
1. Passion: The presentation you are making is an opportunity for you to share a specific passion with your audience. A presentation cannot be a mere transfer of data or PowerPoint slides. Consider "the why." Why are you are speaking to this group, what do you hope they will learn, and how can they immediately put your information to use?
2. Include Visuals: Try to make your presentation as visual as possible. Whether you are using a flip chart, dry erase board, pictures, a hint of a PowerPoint presentation, or physical actions, it will draw your audience in and stimulate their attention.
3. Steady Performance: As with all of my training, you have to prepare extraordinarily for your presentation. This means that you must practice for several days, if not weeks, beforehand. To present well, you have to be wholly engaged in the ideas.
As a side note, do not forget to come from behind the lecturn. This will engage your listeners and draw attention to your words.
And never forget, that every presentation will either strengthen others perception of you as a leader or reduce it.
About Gail Kasper:
Mid-1998, Gail Kasper started her business from a small one-bedroom apartment, with no money and no clients. Today, Gail is the host of the late-night television show Raw Reality, one of the nation's leading speakers, author, Top 1% Club Mentor, advice columnist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Ms. Continental America 2008, and the creator of SAD-T™ (Systematic Attitude Development- Technique™). A former Contributing Editor to Success Magazine with the "Ask Gail" column and host of the "Ask Gail" segment on the Comcast morning show, Gail is the author of her self-help autobiography Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment To Total Empowerment and the self-help parable Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps To Achieve Your Goals. With national media appearances that include Inside Edition, The Today Show, FOX Business News, and Oprah and Friends, Gail has earned the ranking of an in-demand national media personality who has been the topic of discussion on Regis and Kelly. Also, the current host of the Philadelphia Visitors Channel, she has also made numerous appearances on network affiliates that include ABC, FOX, CW11, Comcast, and CBS, where she co-hosted the Emmy award- winning America's TVJobNetwork. www.gailkasper.com
This article is courtesy of the Top 1% Club and the Top 1% Club Mentor Gail Kasper. For additional information on Gail Kasper, her television appearances and speaking engagements, please visit gailkasper.com.