True rock stars always end a concert on a high. Next, their fans spill from the crowded arena, still rocking out to an awesome replay in their heads. We can learn a lot about inspiring action and commitment from the world of rock music. When it comes to your presentation, always close on a high. Your last words are your opportunity to reinforce your core message before you leave the stage. In this fourth installment of my Rock Star Communication series, I explain how to end your presentation with a Kick A$$ Closing.
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In an era of tough competition, presentations that persuade, educate, motivate, and inspire give you a competitive edge. Good presentation skills are no longer simply nice to have; they can mean career life or death.
Imagine yourself in the front row of a ballroom at a convention. Sitting with you are sales professionals from all over the world. This was a software company’s challenging January sales meeting.
That company had recently bought a competitor, and 40% of the sales professionals had nothing to do with the decision. The opening speaker, who is the company’s president, was challenged with getting everyone to know they are working for the right company, at the right time, that the company’s strategy is sound, and that they can have a great career with us. He is an engineer, a brilliant leader, and rather shy. He is not a bad speaker; for this meeting, however, he knows he needs to become the corporate Rock Star.”
I share the fourth and final ROCK Star Principle our shy engineer used and that you can also use too to become a ROCK Star communicator in the business world.
Rock Star Principle 1: R = Rehearse
If you missed my previous article on rehearsing for your presentation, you can read it here.
Rock Star Principle 2: O = Opening
If you missed my previous article on opening your presentation, you can read it here.
Rock Star Principle 3: C = Core Message
If you missed my previous article on your core message, you can read it here.
Rock Star Principle 4: K = Kick A$$ Closing
Remember, rock stars always close on their best song. Review your key ideas, and you have many options to close on a high.
Close your presentation with the same words, thought, or vision from your opening. Remember, your last words linger. Leave them with a reinforcement of a key idea or an inspirational thought from your presentation. Consider the technique that our software president used.
If you are going to be a ROCK Star presenter who inspires action and commitment, do not compete with yourself! Your audience can’t listen and read. A boring PowerPoint with too many words or too much information can sabotage a great presentation. Did your audience come to read or to hear you?
Good luck with your journey to inspire action and commitment as a Rock Star communicator.
Even though you were not sitting in the front row of a ballroom at a convention, you now have powerhouse suggestions for becoming a ROCK Star communicator yourself.
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Executive Speech Coach and Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker, Patricia Fripp works with individuals and companies who realize that powerful, persuasive presentation skills give them a competitive