How to communicate with impact
Got two minutes to get your point across? Here's how...
Ever been given 5 minutes to give a presentation? Here’s how to make it count
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Today’s leadership lesson: How to communicate with impact
Today I’m sharing a brilliant framework with you. It’s really simple, easy to remember and easy to put into practice. However, it does turn on its head everything you may have learnt about giving a presentation or talking to senior people.
I still remember when I used to give presentations “the old way.” I started my corporate career in a PR agency. We did all manner of Powerpoint slideshows… I’m scarred for life by having to practice “my name is and I do x” so many times, along with the obligatory “break the ice” bad joke. (On that note, do check out the brilliant Rob Mayhew on TikTok or LinkedIn - his sketches about agency life are painfully close to the bone!)
What’s the old way I hear you ask? Well the old way is you giving all the preamble. Setting the scene, giving the context, perhaps pointing to some trends and data that underscore the point you eventually want to make. It warms people up and lets them know you’ve thought about this topic deeply.
Have you ever been in a meeting that over-ran? (I know I have!) Then found out your 30 minute slot is now 5 minutes at the end just as people start fidgeting and putting their coats on?
Yep me too. Unsettling isn’t it? But it doesn’t have to be.
Here’s how to nail your key points in five minutes or less.