Early in March, The Leaders Institute ® held it’s Fearless Presentations® course for the first time in New York in 2013. On an early Thursday morning where the weather forecasters predicted tons of snow, the dedicated folks who signed up for the class braved the elements and could not be deterred.
New York is known for its diverse population and the members within the course certainly represented that element well. The class included a CEO of a Supply Chain Consulting Firm, an expert Lawyer within the oil & energy market, as well as a manager within the corporate offices of Jaguar Land Rover in North America. In addition, the participants were rounded out by leaders in distribution mgmt., human resources, and marketing of alcohol spirits.
One of the benefits of having a diverse group for a class like this is that it pushes the participants to mold and shape their presentations so that anyone can understand their message. A main focal point in the course is to drive ourselves to create concise and powerful presentations without overwhelming the audience with unnecessary details. We come to learn that our audiences typically have a tolerance level for the number of points they can digest and process from a presentation. Therefore, by keeping our number of points to three or less within a presentation can dramatically increase the retention of material by the audience. After all, presentations should be designed to allow our audiences to ‘get’ our message rather than for them to feel bogged down with tons of info.
The Leader’s Institute® offers training on public speaking and more in all of the major cities across the U.S. and Canada. It revisits New York frequently and also provides classes in Philadelphia, Boston, Hartford and Providence.
Mitesh Kapadia is the Regional Instructor for the Northeast region. He is based in New York City, but he also teaches in Newark, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and all New England Cities including Boston, Providence and Hartford.