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5 Quick Tips On Speaking Powerfully!


While most North American sports are in-season, baseball just wrapped up the World Series a few weeks ago and now begins their offseason. General managers meet to gauge other’s interest in their players while perusing the list of available free agents looking to add key personnel to their teams. While my hometown team, the Toronto Blue Jays, hold the distinction of MLB’s longest playoff drought, which is brutal, but the Chicago Cubs are looking to end a streak of 107 years without winning a World Series. So how do you reverse a century of failure? The Cubs are looking to utilize non-traditional approaches to gain the upper hand in attracting free agents. Rather than just pitch to a player’s agent, the Cubs committed to going above and beyond with a high production video presentation to lure the cream of this year’s crop. Do you think the Cubs are using a presentation put together by someone’s nephew? Nope, they’ve put a ton of work into it and expect to get a lot out of it.

I write and speak often about presenting. The reason is because presenting is so engrained in everything we do in life. Sales, marketing, customer service and of course leadership all require advanced presentation skills in order to win. My team and I are constantly presenting to each other, important prospective clients, distributors, media partners and our Board of Directors. At the same time, I love it when I’m on the other side of the table and being presented to. My team will put their blood, sweat and tears into ensuring a presentation is perfect and I hold them to an insanely high standard (with the proper direction and mentorship of course). This is why I’m so turned off by bad presentations! A few months ago, a world famous firm came to pitch me on their services. Their presentation sucked and they made no apologies about it. They broke several easy-to-follow rules and quickly helped me to make up my mind about not soliciting their services.

The apex of presentations at Roma Moulding is our three times a year All Hands Meetings (AHM). If you think presenting in a boardroom is tough, try pitching to dozens of stakeholders in-person, with hundreds more including your competition, watching online. To say the stakes are high is an understatement. Next Thursday, we’ll hold our 14th AHM. We welcome you to tune in live online for free to observe what we do but until then, here’s five killer tips to take your presentations to the next level. These tips represent four years of trial and error that can be easily absorbed in five minutes or less.

Formulate a Team

It doesn’t matter if your presentation will be seen by many or just a few, bring others into the fold to add perspective, accuracy and ideas you simply didn’t think of.

  • Mastermind with key presenters and stakeholders.
  • Share the stage with presenters who are passionate.
  • Speak of relevant and current issues at hand.
  • Plan. After than plan some more and then some more.

Create a Storyline

Stories are the original presentations and in the past the best presenters were simply the best storytellers.

  • Lead people through a story.
  • Keep it fun and interesting.
  • Share a vision and describe the future so people can see it.

Be Authentic

Remember the midterm elections that just passed? I’m sure you can recall some of the conciliatory speeches that were given. Most of them stunk because the candidate had checked out. Keep it real even when delivering less-than-stellar news.

  • Don’t try to be someone or something you’re not.
  • Don’t read notes or slides. It comes across as not coming from your heart.
  • Share information that is important to your audience.

Timing is Key

I love TED talks, partly because they have an amazing formula to engage you and to keep your attention. TED talks are typically 18 minutes. Wondering why? Check out this article.

Practice, Practice, Practice

In my opinion, the above four points above make up 50 percent of what you need to do. Practice is the other 50 percent. We block off four solid days to practice our All Hands Meetings to ensure that every slide, every musical queue and every transition goes flawlessly.

  • Rehearse and rehearse some more.
  • Have a clear and refined message.
  • Make it easy for the audience to digest.

If you think I’m overstating the importance of practice check out what our good friend Carmine Gallo wrote in his book, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs. Gallo shares that, “for two full days before a presentation, Jobs will practice the entire presentation, asking for feedback from product managers in the room. For 48 hours, all of his energy is directed at making the presentation the perfect embodiment of Apple’s messages.”

We’ve still got a long way to go and this simply represents what I’ve learned thus far. Check back in a year and I’ll have some more tips but for now, if I can help save the world from some boring presentations, I’ll be a happy man.

What did I miss? I’m still learning on this journey and would love to hear what you and your team do to ensure you have amazing presentations. Please reply in the comments! Additionally, tune into AHM 14 on Thursday, November 20 at 10:45am to see all my above points in action!

The Chatter:

Excellent stuff Tony! I always look forward to the AHM’s!

Posted By Gordon Thain 5 years ago

The presentation skills that this Leadership team has is impressive – all due to these 5 tips. Thanks for raising the bar!

Posted By Camilla 5 years ago

The power of storytelling is so incredible! I LOVE hearing insights into people’s lives.

Posted By Anonymous 5 years ago

Great information Tony! Looking forward to the AHM on Thursday!! Thanks for always sharing your ideas!!

Posted By Jo Anne Garcia 5 years ago

Great tips! Looking forward to AHM you always take it to the next level…. How far we have come since the first one!!! Keep up the WOW!!!!

Posted By Tania Santana 5 years ago

In sales, marketing and customer service, listening is just as important, if not even more important, than speaking well.

Posted By Dave Makielski 5 years ago

I love story telling, what a great way to get your message across. It’s amazing to see how each AHM only gets Better!! Keep it up!

Posted By Aman Randhawa 5 years ago

Your blogs are always a great read. Can’t wait for Thirsty Thursday, I have a tremendous thirst for being WOWED!!!!

Posted By Jack Carpenter 5 years ago

Another terrific and informative blog. AHM 14 is almost here!

Posted By Rusti Gioiosa 5 years ago

I love it – practical reminders of fundamentals forgotten in the franticness of our weekly routines. Solid advice to keep focused on towards delivering audience Impact.

Posted By Jason 5 years ago

Great tips Tony!! We are looking forward to the upcoming AHM!! Cant wait to see all the hard work and practice pay off!!

Posted By Anthony Araguz 5 years ago

Great Blog. Your insights you share are simply and practical. I’m really going to focus on the practise part as it really seems to make a difference. Thank you

Posted By Sara 5 years ago

Looking forward to another great AHM.

Posted By Joey 5 years ago

Thank you Tony for sharing your thoughts!

Posted By Anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you Tony for sharing your thoughts!

Posted By Meghan Funk 4 years ago

Keep them coming ! Again well said !

Posted By Anthony Iannitelli 4 years ago