How can you enrich your presenting in unexpected and wonderful ways so to give an interesting presentation regardless of your audience?
To deepen and broaden your perspective so that it encompasses that proverbial “big picture” we forever hear about?
You must become a 3-D presenter.
Now, this means several things. It includes how you utilize the stage to your utmost advantage. A major component is the exercising of your mind.
And I talk about that here.
This is the process of enriching your personal context so that you become aware of new and varied sources of information, ideas, concepts, theories.
It means becoming learned in new and wondrous ways.
Think of it as enlarging your world. You increase your reservoir of usable material.
And you connect more readily with varied audiences.
You accomplish this in a pleasant and ongoing process – by forever keeping your mind open to possibilities outside your functional area. By taking your education far beyond undergraduate or graduate school.
Expand Your World
And that process increases your personal competitive advantage steadily and incrementally.
By doing something daily, however brief, that stretches your mind or enables you to make a connection that otherwise might have escaped you.
By reading broadly in areas outside your specialty, and by rekindling those interests that excited and animated you early in life.
This philosophy of daily improvement was a staple of Benjamin Franklin. Franklin believed that we should start our day with an activity, no matter how small, that would make us better people when we go to bed at night . . . regardless of whatever else might have happened that day.
Read a book outside your specialty. Have lunch with a colleague from a different discipline.
Dabble in architecture, engineering, art, poetry, history, science.
We sometimes cloister ourselves in our discipline, our job. We huddle inside our tight little world and forget that other fields can offer insights.
For myself, I sometimes sit in on a course in a different discipline, such as economic history here at LeBow College of Business. Periodically I’ve participated in a course at Temple University sponsored by the History Department’s Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy – “Grand Strategy.”
Does it Yield an Interesting Presentation?
How does this help in preparing my own classes? It’s never certain.
And that’s the beauty and potential of it.
I do know that it enriches my store of knowledge so that my own presentations continue in 3-dimensional fashion, connected to the “real world” – textured, deeper, and richer than they otherwise would have been.
It will do the same for yours, and it likely aid your development into an especially powerful presenter, imbued with professional presence.
For more on how to give interesting business presentations, click HERE.