“Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Poor Performance”
Stephen Keague, The Little Red Handbook of Public Speaking
Mr. Keague is right. I recently worked with the head of Cyber Security for a large corporation, prior to his presentation before the Board of Directors. Together, we re-wrote his speech so that the language was relatable and easy to follow. My client practiced in front of his team; he practiced a couple of times before his boss; and he practiced whenever he had the chance.
The practice paid off. His boss received many compliments, and the interest of the Board was piqued – something that never happened before when the presentations were technical and flat. The Board requested more presentations like this, so that they can have a deeper understanding of his department’s responsibilities.
So, proper planning and preparation produced a professional, polished and poised presentation.