A dear friend once sent me a birthday surprise…. Post-It notes. Not a box of Post-It notes but one solitary package of Post-It notes. I was surprised at this unusual gift… but it all made sense when I read what was written on the Post-It notes.
‘If you always do what you always did, you’re going to get what you always got.”
My friend had sent me a profound life message. Change. Change your old habits. If you don’t like what’s happening in your life, then change.
I often quote my Post-It note message to my clients in our presentation skills training sessions. Especially when they preparing a speech or presentation… because that’s when they default to what they’ve always done – writing in silence, using their eyes not their mouth and ears.
For many it’s because that’s the way they were taught at school. For others it’s because they’re striving to imitate someone else. For some it’s because they don’t trust their natural voice.
When you write in silence using only your eyes, you are preparing an essay. That’s why people wind up reading at their audiences, either from a prepared text or slides. The sad result of this flawed production and delivery system is an audience that will not remember or care about your message.
I tell my clients that if they want to make better presentations they have to change… not to do what they’ve always done but to prepared their speeches or presentations differently. I teach the TalkitOut Technique. At it’s heart, you have to speak first, then write. Get the words flowing comfortably from your mouth before you worry about writing them down.
It’s different, at times challenging, but always delivers the same result – better presentations, and an engaged audience that remembers the message.
So, as the Post-It note says:
If you aways do what you always did, you’re going to get what you always got.
If you want something better, the choice is yours.
Halina St James takes the worry out of presentations with her Present Like a Pro video training course. It’s available now from the Podium Coaching online store, together with her popular TalkitOut: From Fears to Cheers e-book and workbook.