Introducing a Just-in-Time Resource for Developing Your Next Business Presentation

June 2, 2015 in Dale Ludwig, Greg Owen-Boger, Meetings, News, Preparation, Presentation, The Orderly Conversation

Has this ever happened to you? You have to give a presentation, but you’re not sure how to start putting it all together?

Wonder no more.

TOC_FieldGuide_Cover_ShadowIntroducing a just-in-time tool to help you get started. It’s a pocket-sized (5.5” x 3”) job aid that we’re calling The Orderly Conversation: A Field Guide. It includes an overview of Turpin Communication’s guiding principles for business presentations and bite-sized nuggets to help you . . .

  • Frame your presentations appropriately for a specific group of people at a specific moment in time
  • Develop slides that are effective AND easy to deliver
  • Engage your listeners in a genuine Orderly Conversation®
  • Direct your audience’s focus to and from your visual aid
  • Manage questions and facilitate discussions
  • Get business done

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The Orderly Conversation: A Field Guide is written by Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger, the authors of the original book, The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined.

Bulk orders available at a discount. Contact engage@theorderlyconversation.com for more information.

 

9 Habits of Highly Effective Business Presenters

February 17, 2014 in Author, Delivery, Greg Owen-Boger, Presentation

A friend and fellow CCASTD board member sent this article to me, 9 Habits of Highly Effective Speakers, and asked what I thought.

If you don’t feel like reading the whole thing, here is a snapshot of the nine “habits.”

  1. They are authentic.
  2. They choose phrases carefully.
  3. They keep it short.
  4. They rewrite. And they rewrite some more.
  5. They build rapport.
  6. They tell stories.
  7. They organize.
  8. They practice.
  9. They learn from the masters.

These 9 ideas are terrific if (and this is a BIG IF) you are delivering a speech. The author of this piece is definitely talking about speeches. He says so right at the beginning of the piece. He mentions graduation addresses, TED talks, and the State of the Union.

Those are perfectly reasonable types of speeches to study. But when was the last time you actually delivered a speech?

It’s important not to confuse speechmaking with business presenting.

They are two very different forms of communication. Unfortunately, too many times they are lumped together, which is one of the reasons professionals struggle so mightily with their business presentations. They require a different set of skills and techniques. Speeches are written and read (or perhaps memorized) whereas presentations are initiated and facilitated.

They are also judged on different scales. Speeches are successful when they are well crafted. Business presentations are successful when they get business done in an efficient manner.

If you go back and look at the nine habits, they could be substituted as advice for writers. Again, good advice for speechmakers. Not so good for presenters.

You need something better.

So, here is our list.

9 Habits of Highly Effective Business Presenters:

  1. Engage your listeners in a conversation, don’t deliver a performance.
  2. Keep it about them, not about you.
  3. Speak spontaneously within the framework of your preparation.
  4. Design visuals to keep you on track and to spark the right thoughts during delivery.
  5. Bring visuals into the conversation to enhance, clarify, and support.
  6. Create the environment for a fruitful conversation.
  7. Pause to think and control knee-jerk reactions, even when emotion creeps in.
  8. Respect what others have to say.
  9. Look for clues that your audience understands, not just hears what you’re saying.

At Turpin Communication we don’t work with speeches. We work with everyday getting-business-done presentations. Or as we call them: Orderly Conversations. This redefinition will make all the difference for you. Hope this article sheds new light on the work that you do.

by Greg Owen-Boger, VP at Turpin Communication and co-author of the upcoming book, “The Orderly Conversation”

Help! I`m Long-winded!

September 30, 2008 in Assessing Your Default, Author, Delivering Your Presentation, Delivery, Engaging Listeners, FAQs, Greg Owen-Boger, Handling Questions, Managing the Orderly Conversation, Presentation

When you’re delivering a presentation and the thought crosses your mind that you may have said enough, you probably have. Move on to your next agenda item. Your listeners will appreciate it.

But what if the thought never occurs to you that you might have said enough? Well, for one thing, your listeners will tune you out as you drone on and on. When that happens, you’ll have a tough time getting them back. That is, if you even notice that they’ve tuned out. (If you’re rambling on, there’s a fair chance that you’re too much in your head and not paying enough attention to your listeners.)

So, the issue here is not that you’ve said too much – it’s easy to talk a lot about your topic when you know a lot about it. The key is to recognize that you’ve said too much and make the conscious decision to move on.[Tweet “If the thought crosses your mind that you have said enough, you probably have.”]

If you know us, you know that we’re always talking about the benefits of pausing. This time is no exception. Pausing is critical for many reasons.

  • It helps you gather your thoughts.
  • It helps you regain control of your nerves.
  • It helps you engage your listeners.
  • It gives your listeners time to digest what you’ve just said.

And it even helps you recognize that you’ve said enough, and that it’s time to move on.

As I often say in class, pausing is your friend.

by Greg Owen-Boger, VP and Trainer at Turpin Communication