Berger Leadership Blog

May 23, 2014

Public speaking: It’s part of the job

Dan speaking at BoD
Delivering my presentation to attendees at NAFCU's Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee Conference last week.

It’s probably a safe assumption to say that most of us, as leaders, have had to give a presentation in front of others at one time or another.

It’s part of the territory of being a leader despite whether or not we enjoy it, so why not learn to do it well? spells out seven tips for “remarkable presentations.” The tips are:

1. Never lecture.
2. Appeal to emotion.
3. Tell stories.
4. Use signposts. Tell your audience where you’re going or if you’ve arrived.
5. Keep it simple.
6. Get personal.
7. Use the 20/20 rule. Keep presentations to fewer than 20 minutes and rehearse them at least 20 times. A tip within a tip: Forbes notes one strategy called the 10/20/30 rule regarding PowerPoint slides. A PowerPoint presentation should be no more than 10 slides, last no longer than 20 minutes and text font should be no less than 30-point size.

One element of tip No. 7 really deserves its own place: Rehearse. Make each run-through of your presentation count. From Forbes: “Rehearse the presentation the way you’ll deliver it – standing, aloud, and with the passion, pacing, and movement you’ll actually use.”

Make time to rehearse. When it comes time to present, you will never regret the time you spent practicing.