For years I have sat and cringed whilst I witnessed leaders and senior execs, who should know better, churn out some really cruddy slide decks on PowerPoint and Keynote or send some people to sleep with somnorofic presentations with no personal touches. Even worst still it pains me to see people pitch for investments and new business with no sense of the either the process, planning or performance required for a good pitch.
I spent a lot of time working individuals who want to build their confidence as it dawned on them that good presentation skills, whether in the the scenarios I mentioned above, or as part of one’s skill set for interviews, are essential for today’s workforce. Especially leaders. I thought rather than just sitting their cringing why not work on a series of programmes that would solve the pain of being able to deliver a great presentation. Not only their pain but mine too. Programmes that would set the standard of expectations from leaders in an organisation on how to make positive impact through a great presentation.
So I got to writing programmes targeted specifically at senior leaders, company executives and those whose role it is to bring in new or sustained business for their organisations. I envisioned that such programmes would focus on three core elements.
1) What the key message was was for any leader giving a presentation.
2) What medium or mediums the presenter would be able to use to ensure that the message came across effectively and well remembered
3) What movement or call to action the presentation would enact. Whether closing a sale, bagging some investment or communicating change within an organisation.
Today I am proud to launch a new venture that I have been working on, called NARRATIVELY.
A venture that embraces public speaking, storytelling, effective visual presentations, presence and delivery skills across all platforms.
Delivered through executive coaching (both one to one and group) presentation masterclasses and workshops, NARRATIVELY is as the name suggests, a mindset for leaders, senior execs and leading sales personnel to get more sales, more buy in and more retention of their internal and external customers.
An opportunity to get the message across regardless of the platform used be it keynote speeches, business meetings, media appearances, seminars or pitches.
So here it is. Welcome to the start of a new journey.