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Redefine Corporate Presentations

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I describe management as arts, crafts and science. It is a practice that draws on arts, craft and science and there is a lot of craft – meaning experience – there is a certain amount of craft meaning insight, creativity and vision, and there is the use of science, technique or analysis. – Henry Mintzberg


In a Nutshell

Let’s face it: Presentations can get real boring and we’re all guilty of nodding off in between a particularly dull one. Conventional year-end presentations, where the presenter endlessly drones on about abstract numbers and facts, will no longer hold water because the increasingly Millennial workforce doesn’t find them very appealing or motivating. Besides, a presentation overloaded with numbers and unpackaged data isn’t the thing people will be talking about at the end of the day, leave alone a few days later.

So, what gives? It’s tough being on stage, talking to a group of people who look bored even before you’ve uttered a word. They’ve mentally switched off even before you’ve had the chance to project the presentation you worked so hard upon. The truth is, they’ve already written off the presentation as well as the presenter, which makes the entire exercise a big waste of time.

The idea is to grab eyeballs with something completely unexpected: Imagine the surprise of the audience when a presenter suddenly breaks into song and dance or enters the stage in a costume. This isn’t to take away from the seriousness of traditional presentations – instead, it’s an attempt to alter the perspective of the audience and to give the hard work that’s been done a real shot at being memorable. For, when people remember what you’ve said and done so far, new doors are more likely to open up.

 

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