A bit fidgety. No idea what to do with arms. Feeling faint and nauseated. Well, sort-of wrong. Instead, the biggest difference between introverts and extroverts is around the amount of stimulation they need to function well, and how they recharge afterwards. Often they need to regroup and recharge after social activities because they get "overstimulated.
So you can see just why presenting to a roomful of people can be a challenge for introverts. But this "why" is more than just being interesting dinner table fodder; now we know the "why," we can use this to inform the way we prepare for and deliver presentations. You just have to say something that the audience feel they benefit from hearing.
One way to hack this extrovert charisma for introverts is to present something you actually care about. Persevere — the more you get into the content, the easier it is to latch onto a morsel of something that you can relate to and bring to life. Though more charismatic, and potentially more engaging to listen to, these kind of presenters provide companies with a veritable galleon full of loose cannons: the anecdote rolls on and the boss is standing stage left muttering "Just stick to the script, Brian.
Another trend in corporate presentation preparation is creation by committee. If you are an introvert, you might find you can write a better presentation on your own than as part of a committee. Consider volunteering to create the first draft, and then ask for feedback and input from a group if you need to. Err, no. Your audience will read your notes and tune you out completely.
Not so fast. Having waves of negative body language wafting towards our introvert presenter is more off-putting than you might think. You need to make sure your slides support your message with a real focus on visuals: things like diagrams, graphs, pictures. Not bullet points. They say practice makes perfect. Instead, prepare extensive speaker notes and use them as your starting point. I mean set up a screen and stand in front of it.
You know what? Go the whole hog and set up a video camera. Does that make your skin itch? Well, there are some pretty substantial benefits for the budding introvert presenter in making a recording of their presentation. Stand up straight. Yawn — trust me. Breathe consciously. This will combat your adrenalin surge and calm you down nicely. When you head out, find your friendly faces — smile. Remember you only have to do half of the work, your slides are doing the rest.
This means you should interact with them: point out things, use gestures to control where the audience looks. The overview? The pearls of wisdom presented?
The presentation materials? The flow of the presentation? The audience interaction? The time limit? The coffee? If you have never seen Sean give a presentation, you are really missing something. Sean gets the audience engaged and keeps them engaged throughout his presentation. His presentations move quickly, communicate the points, and create a lasting impression on his audiences. Sean will be the first to admit it is not just his boyish charm that carries the presentation.
The structure is the key. It is a process for making your audiences stand up and take action. And then explains what you need to do. And then shows you how to do it.
At a Glance
With plenty of examples and pictures to make sure you get the point. Starting With The Design The first section focuses on the structure of the look and feel of your slides. The goal is a design that is clean and focused. Working through the background, fonts, layout and fonts, I quickly learned more about slide design than I had in over 30 years of building presentations. But a good looking design is only the beginning. Not just how to order them but explanations of why.
And the impact they have on your audience. I learned concepts I can apply to live slide presentations, webinars, and recorded presentations. He focuses on what he wants the audience to do, and then describes how to help them get there. And how to move your audience to action. It is without a doubt the best material I have ever found on presentations. It is designed to help you make your first presentation. And is packed with new ideas for those of us gray beards who count our presentations in the thousands. I have learned so much from the series that I am actually looking forward to my next presentation.
What Sean has done is remarkable. He exposed the underlying structure of what I do well — which now allows me to be more conscious and intentional in designing and delivering my programs. But, subtle is significant when it comes to communicating and influencing an audience.
Sean illuminates the subtle in ways that promote mastery. In his trademark style, Sean lays out the elements you need to master — in bite sized chunks and in sequence this is critical. You still have to implement, practice, and make these structures your own. Like Howie Jacobson, when I first saw Sean present during System Seminar in Chicago, I was immediately aware that this was no ordinary presentation. I now feel I have a comprehensive system to assemble all the material I want to present in exactly the right way to make the best impression — and to have a lot more fun doing it!
And I also see a most important strategic application of this work to help me with sharing my specialist AdWords knowledge with a remote audience via webinars and videos. I have always had great feedback for my presentations. So why should I buy a guide to presentations, especially one at this price?! What was great was that Sean enabled me to start raising my game straight away.
The audio allowed me to immediately create a much more powerful start that morning for the course. Applying the wake up and a teaser boxes allowed me to gain the immediate attention of the delegates. But the wake up and teaser is just one way in which I will improve my presentations. I will also be improving the whole way I think about my slides, from content to design. And I will be applying the design advice to lot of my other collateral as well. As well as design, I will be improving the pacing of my presentations.
And I will be using props, stories and movement much more in my presentations. I had to give a presentation this afternoon and had to rewrite half of it as a result of reading your book. I was wrong, wrong, wrong! You could read these books a dozen times and still be learning. They are a great investment. Plus the box system is such a simple system for explaining how to structure a presentation.
My only complaint is that I was giving a presentation this afternoon — and had to rewrite half of it as a result of reading your book. I wanted to get the audience more engaged. One of my weaknesses early on was not understanding the part of getting people to give me their contact information by offering something of value. I had recently done that with some success. Three points that I used and really worked immediately were: a First, I reorganized my presentation from 7 keys to 3 areas of focus and broke my 7 keys into the three areas.
The biggest change I made was inserting the first part of my offer halfway through the presentation. I included a sheet at the end of my handouts. I asked the audience to take out a card and write yes on the back of it. Out of 50 people in the audience only about 6 had a card, so the information sheet I provided came in handy. Had I wanted until the end they would not have had time to fill it out. Using the Black Belt approach fit nicely with the way I typically prepared my presentations refining my presentation into something I can give time and time again with the same level of success.
The information in the Black Belt presentation series is outstanding — it is helping me a lot to re-work my own presentations. I really admire the way you go to the extra effort to get all the little details right, the layout and graphics just hits you right between the eyes! It is clear you are a master of this craft. I have to admit I started feeling very passionate towards Apple Macs after listening to your audio about how good Keynote is!
It is right at the top of my wish list! Be careful, or you too will get hooked. By putting a small catch, I had continued to read more pages on nonverbal communication.
The presentation was done but it lacked something as, in hindsight, my presentations usually do. I managed to read some of Presentation Design before I left but with three and a half hours flying managed to finish studying it. And then I had a five hour drive from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek and back the next day, surely one of the most boring drives in Australia, ample opportunity to haul out my MP3 player and listen to Presentation Delivery.
The workshop went down a treat. As I left the participants were still in animated discussion about what they would work on next day.
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A satisfying result. I woke up at am, only 2 hours after going to bed, and had to finish reading the book. The information was easy for me to understand and left me with the feeling that I too could receive standing ovations for my presentations. There are at least three techniques I learned in Book Two to use immediately for my next presentation. Well done! As a small business owner with a Really Small Budget, I was concerned about getting good value for my money — and once again, Sean has come through!
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His Black Belt Presentations Book One is jam-packed with useful information that will transform my ability to create solid marketing materials. Book one has showed me how to organize a presentation, choose how much to present, and make it both pretty and interesting. I have recently moved up from giving unpaid presentations to the paid circuit. I quickly realized I needed to move up a few gears, which was why I bought Blackbelt Presentations. You course arrived literally 3 hours before a very important presentation and I only had time to skim it for ideas. What I particularly like is your holistic approach — the in-depth analysis with case studies of ALL the elements of a presentation.
Do you get edgy at the idea of conducting a seminar or making a presentation? Me too. My problem has always been about getting the structure and sequence right. The 13 Box System. This was going to be a big ask. But, I have to tell you, he got that really wrong! And each time, I agonise about what to say, where every part fits into the puzzle. It takes me hours or days to get it right. And then I usually end up changing something before I run it again. No more! Not only the outline of the seminar, but a concept plan for the Powerpoints as well!
All in a smooth, flowing sequence. I followed the 13 Box Structure exactly. My office is crammed with books and materials that I buy, and never fully use.
As always I never regret spending my last cent for your products Not really my last cent, but I am familiar enough with your products that I just might be crazy enough to do so. I have only read the first two books and I am amazed at how simple yet complex the information is.
Simple in that it is easy to understand, complex in that there are so many minute details that I need to incorporate into my presentations. I ended up reading the first book in its entirety from my iPhone. I was quite pleasantly surprised that the first part of the package was straight-forward, and easy to follow breakdown of the entire process.
He combines knowledge from many different disciplines into one cohesive package that is easy to read, follow and implement into my own presentations. I had kind of gotten stuck in my own pre-branded slideshow design, and I feel more eager to mix it up and come up with something more unique and fresher the next time I present new material.
I am only part-way through the book, but I keep going back over and re-reading the first few chapters to get the ideas ingrained in me, so that I can work on the implementation. Black Belt Presentation Series: Testimonials. On this page you can do three things: Read the testimonials. Look below. Add your own testimonial. Scroll down a bit and add your testimonial. Sean, just a note of thanks for the Black Belt Presentations product. Steve Harris. I wanted to say a big thank you for your Black Belt Presentation series.
Without slides and a big audience though. These books are life-changing for me, I have to say.