David Massey

04/03/15 Inspiration #

Giving direction in Presenting and Writing.

Giving direction in Presenting and Writing.

The sign posts in this city are only helpful if you know where you’re going. 

A report or a presentation cannot Rely on such familiarity. The audience or the reader will give you 30 seconds or a minute to decide if you’re worth listening to or worth reading. 

After that, unless you give them a clear idea where you’re going to take them and why they should accompany you it will be hard for you to keep them involved. 

What to do?

  1. Clear thinking
  2. Clear direction
  3. Clear signposts

This takes planning. You know what you’re going to say but your audience does not. But by fixing the stepping stones both for yourself and your public and by reiterating them with headings, visuals and your voice then you will do better. 

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03/03/15 Inspiration # ,

House of Cards

House of Cards

President Underwood shows us the old school way of both presenting and leading.

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02/03/15 Inspiration

Ever tried presenting with provocation?

Films are not real but they deal with real things and that is why I love using them on training courses.

This is a short presentation from the film The Dilemma,  Ron Howard’s 2011 comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James.

Our two presenters are trying to persuade Dodge Motors to invest in their ideas to create an electric motor with the sound of a classic muscle car.

Watch the video and look out for:

  • body language: standing still and then moving
  • voice speed and pauses
  • the power of three (how many pictures and examples?)
  • who is leading the presentation?
  • the impact of visuals (and music!)
  • who presents what (pathos/impact and logos/the “brain”)?
  • how they answer questions

The clip teaches me that 10 times more time needs to go into the planning and preparation than  the actual performance!

What do you think?

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01/03/15 My Events

Facilitated Meeting

Facilitated Meeting

In the second week of March I’m organising a facilitated event that will bring together a group of 20 committee chairpersons.

The residential workshop, held over two half days will look for creative participation and consensus on questions relative to communication, strategy and managing meetings within the framework of international standard setting for food safety – the Codex Alimentarius.

The workshop will take place at a country location on the outskirts of Paris.

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01/03/15 Inspiration #

Team Sports

Team Sports

With my kids so easily entranced by video games, the chance to play outside in a team teaches so much that they would otherwise miss out on and that maybe 30 years ago we took for granted.

 

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28/02/15 Life Style

Just enjoy the music

The Gallagher brothers usually irritate or depress me when the talk (especially Liam) but Noel’s music just gets better. It sometimes hits you but more often, for me, grows on you.

This is from the second album “Chasing Yesterday”.

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11/01/15 My Work # ,

Consultancy

Consultancy

I advise companies on defining, designing and realising a communications strategy. This can be internal or external communication and increasingly includes web and social media.

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29/12/14 My Work # ,

Training of Trainers

Training of Trainers

Many subject experts need to acquire delivery skills to teach or train. They require un understanding of adult learning techniques and then practical tools and practice to transfer their knowledge.

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29/12/14 My Work

Writing and Editing

Writing and Editing

I also write and edit reports and technical documents which often have to be produced quickly and then translated for publication. This work can involve taking part in international meetings or working closely with technical teams on company documents, manuals or business correspondence.

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29/12/14 My Work # ,

Facilitation

I train adults who need to facilitate meetings or deliver training. I also facilitate work groups, teams and any group interesting in reaching consensus through participation and creativity – the route to ownership.

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