Presentation Magazine

Presenters as Dancers


289
0
Filed under -
Guest Blogs

Still in holiday mode here! So a little light-hearted blog to get back into the swing of writing them!

I used to tour as the technical director of a dance company. Don’t get excited – it’s not as glamorous as it sounds. It means I was responsible for the lights, sound, video and dancefloor and often didn’t see daylight for a days at a time. There are cities I’ve been in that I don’t know what they look like.

But I watched them work. And work. And rest. And work again and again and again until it was just right.

Then I watched them perform for an audience who didn’t care.

No, really, they didn’t.

Unless you were a personal friend of one of the dancers and knew how close to breaking themselves they were, you just didn’t care. Tough but true. The audience wasn’t there for the dancers – they were there for the dance. They wanted to watch dance, enjoy dance and even learn from the dance… but they didn’t care about the dancers.

They didn’t care about the hours in the gym. The years training. The weeks rehearsing. The days creating. They didn’t care about the lack of sleep, rest or social life. They didn’t care that some of the most dedicated athletes I’ve ever seen were just one bad landing away from a career-ending moment.

The audience just cared about one thing. What’s in it for me?

And quite right. No professional dancer would have it any other way. As the Company Manager once said: if it looks like you’re working hard, you’re not working hard enough.

Quite right.

And so it should be for presenters? Maybe….

No one cares about the years you’ve spent becoming an expert; or about the days you’ve spent putting the slides together; or the hours rehearsing. The audience are there just for one thing – they’re thinking “What’s in it for me?”

So don’t expect anyone to praise you for your presentation, or to thank you. If they notice how good your presentation was, it wasn’t good enough.

This blog post has been re-published by kind permission of Simon Raybould – View the original post .

 

About the author

simonraybould

Guest Blog by

Dr Raybould started life as a researcher and become interested in presentations when he got fed up with how bad most of them were! Using his university background, Simon researched the science behind good presentations and he's now one of the UK's leading presentation skills trainers.

Clients range from start-ups to public sector organisations to multinationals such as Dell Computers. His style is challenging but supportive. Simon is the author of three books on presentations, and has also worked as an actor. It is his balance of rigorous intellectual discipline and practical experience of what audiences need which makes him such an effective trainer.

http://www.awareplus.co.uk/ Read other posts by


Published On: 2nd Sep 2016

Read more about -
Guest Blogs

Leave a Comment
Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 
css.php