“I think that no one, or very few, are born as good presenters. It’s a skill that you learn.”
– Guy Kawasaki
We get it. We really do –presenting isn’t your cuppa cappuchino or latté.
Unless you’re living under a rock, presentations will play a part in any role you assume: entrepreneur, employee or family guy.
While there is no one right way to present, knowing your style can help you improve. Your attributes become your strength, and you learn to avoid pitfalls or find roundabouts. Your overall technique gets better as does your message delivery.
What’s your presenter type?
This kind of presenter does well in any presentation that involves complicated information, a technical subject, or advanced theories.
According to them, the audience knows very little and needs to be educated.
Such presenters find success with an audience that is willing to learn, but can alienate smarter listeners with their “holier than thou” attitude.
This individual is passionate about his/her ideas, loves to talk, and seek a connection with listeners. The topic is well researched and the speech is interesting and emotional.
A genuinely interested crowd helps them take their presentation a notch higher. But they can be quite oblivious to cues from the listeners. Such presenters lose steam when the audience doesn’t match their energy levels.
3. Data Cruncher
These are a breed of fast presenters who judge success by the number of slides they’ve used. Full of data, graphs, and business or technical jargon, their presentations are informative, but can bewilder the audience with information overload.
This type of presenter prefers visual modes to actual speeches. They would rather their information be read than heard, which leaves them susceptible to fumbling in Q&A sessions where they have to think on their feet.
He or she takes this role seriously and goes deep into role play. Their presentations utilize humour as a way of imparting their idea, solution or message. They have mastered the story telling technique and use this effectively to impart their message.
You will notice that a lot of TED Talks are given by presenters using this style.
This type of presenter usually has a rock-solid slide-deck, but falters on the delivery. They let their nerves get the better of them. Their lack of confidence is apparent as they avoid eye contact, mumble or mutter – essentially they stumble through the session .
They may become any of the other types over time, they just need more practice to calm those nerves.
Do you recognise any of these presenters? Are there other types we‘ve missed out?