Please Build A Better Presentation. It Will Help You Build A Better Life.

Mitch JoelPosted by

Are you surprised by some of the presentations that you have been forced to sit through lately?

It’s a topic that is near and dear to my heart. More importantly, I truly believe that one’s professional success will be in direct relation to their ability to present, tell a story and communicate ideas. Yes, the better you are at doing these three things, the more successful you will be. Period. End of sentence. I’ve seen people who are not that smart and not that talented lead very successful professional careers because they’re very apt at delivering a good story. It’s not hyperbole. It’s not being a promoter, either (I don’t consider those types "successful"). You have to have something to tell and you have to have something to sell. Dan Roam has three wildly successful books on how to solve problems and tell stories using visual communications and more modern presentation skills. He’s written: The Back Of The Napkin, Blah Blah Blah, and more recently, Show And Tell. As part of the promotion for Show And Tell, Roam spent close to an hour with the folks at Google presenting the concepts from Show And Tell. Guess what the net output of his latest findings reveal? We, as business professionals, don’t use enough stories and pictures when we communicate, especially when we make presentations. So, how are you communicating your ideas at work? Does speaking and presenting freak you out? How are you going to be better at handling it?

My recommendation? Watch Dan Roam talk about Show And Tell…