Leave a lasting impression when you give a presentation

Enjoy a successful presentation by leaving a lasting impression

What can a veterinarian, one-time bungee jumper, and a public speaker offer a roomful of entrepreneurs? A lot, when the message is packaged properly. And there is a lesson in that.

One evening I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Morgan McArthur, DVM, of New Berlin, Wis. Though funny and entertaining, McArthur understood his mission: keep the message meaningful to his audience. As a business owner and budding professional speaker, I gleaned several good morsels from his talk.

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McArthur, the 2000 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, challenged the 150-plus entrepreneurs in attendance to expand their horizons. He recalled how standing on the platform high above a river in New Zealand made him think twice about bungee jumping. He found meaning in the leap he eventually took.

“The edge of the bridge is the edge of your comfort zone,” he said, adding that we should “move from the comfort zone to the learning zone.”

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Suggestions for your next presentation

Some random suggestions to consider as you prepare for your next presentation.  * Clothing and jewelry should be plain and simple. Large, gaudy pins and earrings can be distracting. Tone down the jewelry, and wear simple prints or solids. * Eat light beforehand, and watch certain foods. Dairy products and sweets make you clear your throat, … Read more