Reviewed by Helen Caton Hughes
Leaders know that presentation is part of the role. They know it’s all about getting their message over effectively, memorably and with impact. They know it’s the 'transmit' part of effective two-way communication and that this is down to them.
Yet knowing is one thing and doing is another.
Over the years I’ve worked with many people to improve their impact – on a national and international stage.
My proudest moment was walking into a conference where my young client, who had suffered badly from presentation nerves, was holding her own against some hostile questioning.
I was reminded of her when I was reading Lyn Roseaman’s book, “Now You’re Talking”, because Lyn writes powerfully about channelling your nerves, not trying to suppress them.
Her approach identifies the 3Cs - Confidence, Connection, Change as essential to good communication. Which is true, regardless of situation: whether you’re talking to a handful, or a hall full, of people.
Lyn summarises these as:
- Confidence in your content and delivery
- Connection with your audience
- Change hearts and minds with your message
Presentation is an important topic for coaches too – not only for taking up those opportunities to speak in public and demonstrate our own talents – but also to support our clients to develop.
I’ve worked on my own impact. I’m personally using Lyn’s book to help me prepare my own talk next month as well as recommending it to my coaching clients.