“Tension does not need to be like you’re on the edge of your seat like the person in the story might die. It just means that you’re sitting there and you’re like, “Okay what happens next, what happens next, what happens next?” And that tension should be released somehow. Stories can be intimidating to people because it sounds like they needs to have a creative writing major or something like that and it takes a long time. A story can take 20 seconds, it doesn’t have to be long. What it can’t be is something that does not have a beginning, a middle, and an end.”
This is part 2 of my 2-part series with Speaking Coach Mike Pacchione. If you haven’t listened to the first episode, no problem! You can listen to this episode without having to listen to the first part.
Just as a quick reminder about who Mike is: He has flown around the world teaching people how to give presentations. And he’s worked with some pretty big names companies—as he puts it, while he’s not at liberty to discuss every company he’s worked with, if you have used a computer, phone or search engine today, you’re probably familiar with one of his clients.
I hired Mike to help me get ready for my United 2019 keynote presentation. Although I feel comfortable speaking in front of people, I wanted some help continuing to develop that craft, and I chat a little more about that in these episodes.
This episode was recorded after I had already given my keynote at United, and it reflects on my experience working with Mike, and he gives me some feedback on how I did. My hope is that this behind-the-scenes is helpful to you the next time you’re crafting a presentation for a group of people.
The first episode was recorded PRIOR to my keynote, so if you’re looking for some more general advice for giving better presentations, that’s the episode to check out. Mike also critiques a past presentation of mine, and, of course, we get to hear a bit of Mike’s story.
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- 4:42 – Feedback on Davey’s presentation
- 12:07 – Things Davey needs to work on
- 12:30 – Strategically using rate and volume with speaking
- 17:32 – Movement on stage
- 22:00 – Using examples and stories
- 26:04 – When and why Davey decided to change things
- 33:10 – How Davey rehearsed
- 34:44 – Davey’s favorite part of his talk
- 37:41 – What Davey is going to do differently next time
- 42:00 – More about Mike
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