September 9, 2019
Rose: Most people think that a great event is one that fits everything into the agenda. The more the better. Well, we want to share that less is more, especially when it comes to presentations. Today I’m gonna have three tips for you on how to create an amazing business event by making it active.
Tip 1: Only use presentations when necessary.
Michael: Hey Rose, what are you reading there?
Rose: Presentation Zen.
Michael: Ah, Presentation Zen!
Michael: Actually …. [sped-up long talk about the book]
Rose: So, if you want your employees to remember the information in your event, reconsider all the presentations. The best thing you can give them is a cup of coffee, a book, and silence.
Tip 2: Make an active agenda for an amazing event.
Rose: How many times have you been to a conference where you have sat in the same chair listening to what feels like the same presentation, doing nothing, in the same spot for hours and days? It’s like sitting on a swing set and not moving. Why? Because we have so much unused potential!
Rose: If you can, get your employees moving, and then you’ll see what’s really possible. Even better if they can do it together. So, think about workshops, and stand-up work sessions, and what happens if they go outside? You might just start having some fun!
Tip 3: Add in moments of delight, surprise, and breaks.
Rose: Beware the impulse to overstuff the agenda for your event. In fact, you need to work in little moments of delight, surprise, and especially breaks. This is the gold in your agenda. This is the time when people start to network and come up with new ideas, and absorb what they’ve just learned in the event. So, Michael, what did you think of that last presentation?
Michael: You know what? I thought it was pretty good.
KEY TAKE AWAYS
- Only use presentations when necessary.
- Make an active agenda for an amazing event.
- Add in moments of delight, surprise, and breaks.
Rose: Thank you for joining The Business Presentation Revolution. We hope these three tips will help turn your next business event into an amazing one, an active one. If you want more tips like these. Join us on YouTube and LinkedIn and we’ll see you next time.