I've taught presentation skills for over 30 years to everyone from Actors and Rock bands to executives for large and small meetings. Here are some questions and a couple of observations that seemed to have been valuable for people I've worked with.
1. In the category of : Know your audience - Since you want to get them excited about the achievements, what do you know about what gets this particular group excited? Simply trying to amp up the "yay, look at our wins" quotient may not do it. Finding out as best you can about what excites them vs. what you think they should be excited about will help.
2. in the category of: Get Your Attention off Yourself - When they leave, what do you want them to feel? What then will help them feel that? If you leave them in their heads thinking about the details of what you've said by making the data the most important thing then you've forgotten the human equation.
3. In the category of: It's all about connection - there are 4 connections to be responsible for. First is connection to yourself. If you're not going to be real with your own emotions present then how can you expect them to be. Next is connection to the content. If it's not meaningful for you in a personal way, then why should it be for them? Next is connection to the moment. Going unscripted is great. I fully endorse Len's idea about having it be a conversation. Do get clear about what you want to say but not how you're going to say it. Lastly and most importantly is use the three previous connections to connect WITH your audience. They are people with needs, wants and desires just like you...it's not a you/them equation it's an "us" so keep putting your attention on them,
4. In the category of: Tools, tips and trade secrets - one of the most valuable ones is surprise. When people can anticipate where you're going then they will go on autopilot...so even in presenting something do so in an unexpected frame, viewpoint or method. Surprise keeps them awake.
5. Have fun.
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