Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Newest Version of the Rules

Well, the rules are constantly changing, evolving and (hopefully) improving. Check out the new pics and the new verbiage at...


Click on each image and the explanations will be at the bottom. Enjoy.

1 comment:

Terry Gault said...


Interesting post.

When I first began doing this work, I thought there was a set of rules such as: “You MUST do X, you CAN’T do Y.” Now I realize there are only guidelines. Because for every rule, I have seen someone “break it” and make it work. As someone who has sat through countless presentations, I always am delighted when someone does that.

I will echo and add these guidelines:

Change your paradigm about the sensation you are labeling as fear or anxiety. Instead of labeling it as “fear,” think of it as energy. Channel that energy.

Clarity and simplicity are critical in presentation content. I had a great presentation coach who said, “If you can’t make it clear, it doesn’t belong in your presentation.”

Don’t hesitate to say what you think. There is a common phrase at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center: “Point of view is worth 80 IQ points.”

Seek out opportunities to use humor in your presentations. I find that interaction helps in that regard. I can respond to interactions with the audience with humor and laughter.

Scale up the energy level! You will command more attention and project more confidence and charisma. I cannot stress this strongly enough. 80 – 90% of the presenters that I observe do not expend enough energy. Hence, they come across as uninvolved, uninteresting, and unenthusiastic.

Work on crafting compelling, satisfying conclusions. Tying a compelling conclusion to your main point will help your audience remember your message.

Lastly, don’t give up. As American writer and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson observed, “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”

Thanks for getting me thinking about this issue!