Dean Rahaman · September 6, 2016 · 5 minutes to read
Now the reason for writing this blog is because approximately 3 hours ago I finished a speed awareness course (yes I got caught doing 64 in a 50) and 1 of the presenters was quite possibly the most flat, unentertaining, non-engaging and boring people I’ve had the misfortune of having to listen present and speak. Now don’t get me wrong I can appreciate it’s difficult for people to get excited and worked up and passionate about driving to the speed limit and being Mr or Mrs safety person on the road, but OH MY GOD! Minimal attempt was made to engage with an audience of 13 people (granted 100% probably didn’t want to be there) it was strait into business and 4 hours, yes 4 hours of speed awareness training felt like 40. Now, I appreciate that I’m not a world class famous presenter yet, but the seminars and meetings that I have delivered I’ve made sure that my audience has been engaged and not bored.
How do people get these jobs presenting to the public that are so flat and boring?! To be fair the content of the course was actually pretty interesting, particularly when they got going about momentum, impact speeds and stopping distances with physics but then I’m a bit of a geek and love that kind of stuff… but the delivery was just so hard to buy into. For me personally I’m quite an auditory type person and respond to tone of voice really strongly, if the person speaking is excited about what they’re delivering, generally speaking, the audience will be too.
Aside from being bored stiff by said presenter today, started when I had to give my 1st staff meeting when working for a big gym chain, and I can tell you it stunk! No staff excitement, no staff engagement just all about how the business doing. Gradually over time as my confidence grew and my general manager back then encouraged me to get my emotions involved in the business and allow my passion for the product to come through then the meetings started to take on a different energy all together. By the time I left the big gym chain, almost 4 years later my fitness meetings had the whole club attending! We’d play games, we’d run through team building, I’d let the team set their own goals and targets for what their vision and the behaviour culture they wanted in the club should be.
Granted a lot of this energy came with my own self confidence built through experience. But also came from the time I took outside of my 60-80 working week to study leadership, motivation, building effective teams and behaviour change. However once the team had the buy in amazing things started to happen at every club I worked in. When I transferred this across to delivering my own seminars again I studied and studied the best guys in the business, Anthony Robbins, Tim Ferris, Muhammad Ali, Oprah Winfrey, Jordan Belfort, Luke Leaman to name but a few.
All these guys had 1 thing in common, passion! Passion for what they’re talking about, belief that what they’re saying is worth hearing not being afraid to be assertive and strike up a little controversy. I took the lessons from these guys and applied them to my own seminars and the level of excitement, engagement and intrigue in the room was incredible. Now don’t get me wrong you’ve got to know your stuff! You can’t just make shit up on the fly and expect people to buy into what you’re saying. Knowing your stuff, plus having passion about what you’re talking about is a match made in heaven and people will want to listen to what you have to say.
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Ok I’ve ranted and taken up enough of your day, I hope that you’ve found this blog a little entertaining and not too heavy. But more importantly I hope you managers, particularly the middle managers and head’s of departments can relate to a little of this and can make a few changes with my top 5 tips J If you want some more details or some consultation time about meetings and presentations then please email me on [email protected]
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