“Yeah sure, I get it… that’s all interesting, but so what?”
Jeff Weiner on Irrelevance
Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, blogs about a public speaking fail – and three lessons he learnt from the experience. He delivered a speech that he had delivered 15 times over the previous year. When he finished, he experienced this: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C1BV6Z17wI]
Says Jeff “Surprised by the lukewarm reaction, I sought out the head of the sales team for his feedback. His response was a series of simple, but insightful questions that went something like this:
Me: That didn’t go as well as I had expected. Any thoughts on what I could have done differently?
Him: Sure. Who did you present to?
Him: And what do salespeople do?
Him: And how much of your presentation enabled them to sell more stuff?
Make it Relevant
What is a great presentation? It allows the audience to be better at something they care about.
How much of your presentation allows the audience to do something that is important to them better? how much helps sales people sell more? how much helps managers get more productivity, discipline, engagement out of their team? how much helps programmers program more effectively?