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Present Like A Rockstar

POSTED BY TONY GARERI 2 YEARS AGO - 27 Comments

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” Oscar Wilde.

I agree wholeheartedly with one of history’s most quotable authors. Some books are the perfect escape to far away lands; some are inspirational as you learn about someone’s triumphant journey. Other books are so chock full of goodness that week after week, month after month, I refer to and ingest them over and over.

A few weeks ago I published a blog on Books That Help Me Kill It, where I provided my thoughts on Simon Sinek’s Start With Why. Today, I’d like to expand the conversation to include another of my all time favorites The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs by Carmine Gallo. 

Before I go any further, I should disclose that Carmine Gallo and I are friends. He has supported our initiatives here at Roma and wrote about us in his column on Forbes.com. You can read his piece The Picture of Happiness: One Company’s Remarkable Story of Reinvention here.

However, long before we were friends I read his book The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs. I can recall early in my tenure as the CEO of Roma Moulding looking for ways to communicate my big ideas to our team. I’ve always been a people person but as we’ve all experienced, speaking to a small group and presenting your dream to hundreds of people on stage, is entirely different.

Around the same time I started to look at things differently and observed the techniques great leaders used when presenting to others. After watching Steve Jobs reveal his team’s latest innovation at an Apple keynote presentation, I saw the how ridiculously high the bar was set.

I admired Steve Jobs for a long time (still do) and appreciated Gallo revealing some of the secrets that helped to make him a great presenter and a superb storyteller. I have digested and benefitted from the tips presented within his book many times. If you’re curious, check out our first All Hands Meeting and compare it to our latest All Hands Meeting.

Today, I’m proud of my journey and excited to speak in front of a large audience. My team and I have an amazing story to tell and I relish the opportunity when presented. However I wasn’t always this way. I’ve suffered with shyness and a lack of confidence that held me back from truly fulfilling my role as CEO. I believe that all CEO’s should be engaging speakers and great conversationalists.

Your company has a message and the CEO should be instrumental in getting the message out there. How can you improve if you don’t have natural stage presence? Gallo has laid out The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs in three easy-to-understand acts. Here’s my quick and dirty review of Gallo’s three acts:

Act One: Create the story. What is the message you want to tell? Plan it out, figure out the purpose and create a proper headline. Finally, introduce an antagonist and like any great story, reveal the conquering hero. At our last All Hands Meeting we wanted to prepare everyone that we would do things differently so we put out the message that Unconventional Methods leads to Unconventional Results.

Act Two: Deliver the experience. What is the experience you want to give? Gallo instructs us to employ a less is more tactic when it comes to information on a screen during a presentation. Use very little words and don’t fill the screen with bullet points. Additionally, he says to share the stage with others, incorporate props and create a WOW moment. Check out this WOW moment from the latest All Hands Meeting.

Act Three: Refine and rehearse your butt off! Master the stage, make it look easy and show up powerfully. Last but not least, have fun! It’s easy to lose track of the last point but if you hate every moment you’re on stage, it will show. You can have fun by relaxing, you can relax by preparing and you can prepare by rehearsing. How many hours do you think our team puts into each All Hands Meeting? Hundreds when you include all the content preparation, stage set-up and guest experience planning. Would you call me crazy for asking my marketing team, CFO, COO, VP of Growth and other leaders to book off an entire week just to rehearse? The easiest way to make it look easy, is to work until it feels easy to you.

Our next All Hands Meeting is on November 20. If you can make it, we’d love to show you all of these techniques, live and in person. Fire off an email to our Communications Guru Gord (gthain@romamoulding.com) and he’ll provide all the needed details. Seriously, come if you can – you won’t regret it!

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In the end, remember that when you’re speaking, others are there to learn something new about a product, purpose or initiative that can ultimately change their lives. They did their part showing up to hear you speak. By following the techniques laid out by Gallo in The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, you’ll be doing your part to ensure it’s an engaging and valuable experience for all.

Have you read The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs? What was your favorite part? Do you have a technique that helps you kill it while presenting on stage? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

The Chatter:

A great read – thanks for sharing what you’ve learned!

Posted By Gordon Thain 2 years ago

Great knowledge shared-thank you Tony.

Posted By Jack Carpenter 2 years ago

Awesome Tony!! Thanks for sharing!!

Posted By Jo Anne Garcia 2 years ago

Having been here since the beginning, I am truly amazed of the transformation.
looking forward to the next All Hands meeting.

Posted By Emily 2 years ago

Absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned 🙂 Amazing read makes me want to read & RE-read books or get up and speak!! 🙂

Posted By Giuditta 2 years ago

Awesome!

Posted By Jeanette 2 years ago

Great readers make Great Leaders and even better presenters! Thanks for sharing this awesome book!

Posted By Rich 2 years ago

“I’m proud of my journey and excited to speak in front of a large audience. My team and I have an amazing story to tell and I relish the opportunity when presented”

you absolutely have a story to tell and you should keep telling it because its a good one.

Posted By Len 2 years ago

As someone who doesn’t like to speak in front of large groups, I’ll be sure to check this one out. Thanks!

Posted By Kevin 2 years ago

EPIC 🙂

Posted By IT Buddha 2 years ago

Three clear and concise steps to a killer presentation! Our All Hands Meetings are like no other at any company I’ve been involved with. Truly a WOW event! Thanks for sharing Tony.

Posted By Steve 2 years ago

Another excellent blog, keep them coming!

Posted By Joey 2 years ago

Really enjoyed this blog! Very inspirational and truly defining what leadership is. 10/10

Posted By Dr Mike 2 years ago

The preparation is worth it and it shows! Each AHM is better than the last! Tony, thanks for continuing to share the knowledge you have learned.

Posted By Mary 2 years ago

Great blog Tony!

Posted By Doris Pontieri 2 years ago

I loved the blog…. I am a trainer too and I feel energy and feeling powerful is the key. Would like to read more blogs on this subject.. Keep them coming!!

Posted By Rishika 2 years ago

Totally agree with all your points. People love stories, just make sure they are not too long. Tony, you have a natural sage presence. Remember to pretend the audience are all in their underwear. (or maybe not!)

Posted By Bill Zolis 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned Tony! I loved this – Refine and rehearse your butt off! Master the stage, make it look easy and show up powerfully. Last but not least, have fun! I’m always so inspired and moved by you Tony! Keep up the awesome job 🙂

Posted By Sharmila 2 years ago

We have truly come a long way….. I remember the 1st AHM! Great Job on continuing to move forward! Thanks for sharing Tony!

Posted By Tania Santana 2 years ago

Steve Jobs transformed the dull into a theatrical event and raised the bar!
Thank You Tony!

Posted By Rusti Gioiosa 2 years ago

You have shown us that you can be or do anything if you have the drive and the right
tools to dream it and see it to fruition. Your blog is enlightening and informative. Keep it coming.

Posted By Catherine Kelly 2 years ago

It’s great fun to watch the progress of the AHM over time. They keep getting better!

Posted By Jeff 2 years ago

Love it!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Posted By Anthony Araguz 2 years ago

Outstanding!

Posted By Toni Hamilton 2 years ago

Great Blog. Speaking can be very frightening for me but this post has really helped me out. I’m going to be purchasing the book by Carmine Gallo. He also seems very good at decoding public speaking fear. Thank you Tony!

Posted By Chris 2 years ago

The key to success, is not just about a great idea, it’s about the execution and commitments. As someone who is not an employee, I have to say that you guys have one of the coolest and most caring CEO’s out there!

Posted By Kevin Joseph 2 years ago

Tony! This post ROCKS. I teach, speak, and train speakers to become performers on stage. LOVE LOVE LOVE Gallo’s work and now truly impressed with where you are going. I want to have you both come on my radio show to chat about rocking it out on stage. Great points, well written, and now will also link it to my blog. Thank you for sharing your passion and being open with the world as you create a culture based company. It’s true what they say that you start to become those you respect and value in your life. I see both Jobs and Gallo come through your performance. Change the world!!

Posted By Brooklyn 2 years ago