Reveal the âWhy" Behind
These days, almost every company is scouring the balance sheet, looking for savings. The value of business meetings, for example, is seriously scrutinized and presenters are asking themselves: âHow can I create a presentation that delivers real bottom-line results?â
For an answer, first imagine a presenter who says the following:
âWe need to develop an optimum contract agreement with our South American distributor in support of our 2016 subsidiary conversion plan.â Would that motivate you to get the job done?
Now imagine a speaker who translates that uninspiring sentence into an intriguing story. "Let me tell you something about ruby slippers and what they have to do with our contact in South America." Frame a story that reveals exactly why this distributor is so important to company sales and growth opportunities â and to the entire audienceâs job security. Now thatâs inspiring!
I call this kind of backstory the âWhy" Behind. Presenting the facts isnât enough. You need to explain WHY the facts are important.
Give your presentation real meaning. Before your next presentation, ask yourself these three questions:
Question #1: Am I being clear?
The most effective presenters strip away the jargon, industry lingo and acronyms. They deliver meaningful information using simple, understandable language. This isnât a radical idea, it wonât offend anyone and you wonât appear uninformed. Instead, you will be clear and easily understood with little room for misinterpretation.
Letâs say your companyâs strategy is to âimprove customer service by hiring quality personnel who are brand connected and have strong business acumen.â
Instead, consider the âWhy" Behind and try this: âhire people who live our brand and know how to make a dollar.â
Question #2: Why is my presentation important to my audience?
To really get your message across, ask yourself, âWhy is this important to my audience? Why should they care?â Connecting your message to success and opportunity for your audience guarantees their engagement.
Letâs say your company is planning to âdevelop an optimum contractual agreement with distribution as part of a long-term plan for South America.â
Instead, try this: âOur South American contract is essential because it represents 10% of our global business. If we finalize this contract over the next three months, we can grow our brand in a key market and hit our revenue goals.â
Question #3: How can I make sure my message sticks?
Making your message sticky means making it memorable. Stickiness definitely takes creativity and thinking outside the box â but it doesnât have to be as hard as it sounds.
Letâs say your companyâs customers are having an inferior in-store experience and sales are down. As a result, youâre rolling out a new customer service training initiative.
How can you make your message stick and gain audience support? Simply share the âWhy" Behind. Tell a couple of stories about real customer experiences. Offer personal anecdotes and use highly visual slides to grab attention:
ï§ Show a revolving door to represent high turnover
ï§ Put up a picture of an associate who embodies your brand
ï§ Describe that associateâs reaction to the new customer service training
By making your presentation sticky, youâll be on your way toward getting the results you need.
Your listeners may not remember all the specifics of your presentation. But by using the âWhy" Behind technique, youâll ensure that they will remember the backstory â and give you the support you need to achieve your objectives.
Stephanie Scotti, Professionally Speaking
Executive Speech Coach, Communication Consultant/Advisor specializing in helping people deliver high impact presentations . . . when results matter! Highly regarded for her effective and insightful style of speech coaching, Stephanie enhances a clientâs natural abilities to engage, involve and inspire listeners by building on individual strength and personal style. Applying her proprietary C.O.D.Eâ¢ methodology, she provides practical tools and personalized feedback that result in immediate, noticeable improvement. With 25+ years of experience and 3000+ clients, Stephanie consults with individuals in professional practices, Fortune 500 companies, international corporate executives (including non-native speakers from Russia, China, Turkey, Brazil, Poland, Italy and India) and the highest level of government officials including the Presidentâs Cabinet.
Contact Stephanie at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 908.790.0853