Are You Ready for Your Shark Tank Moment? Five Presentation Skills Secrets to Giving a Winning Presentation
Presentation skills are an important set of tools for succeeding in life. This skill alone will separate you from your competition in your business, your career, and your life.
I had the pleasure of coaching one of my presentation skills students who appeared on the popular television business show Shark Tank (I have coached several others since Carter to appear on Shark Tank). My student, Carter Kostler of the Define Bottle, appeared on Shark Tank and presented his product and walked away a winner. Carter actually turned down the offers from the Sharks and won big. On the night of the program, Carter sold $100k worth of his bottles. The first week after the program aired, he sold $350k worth of his bottles. He finished the year with $750k in sales. He accomplished all of this while he was only fifteen years old.
You may never appear on Shark Tank, but you probably will be put into a high-pressure situation at your business, in a team or company meeting, or sales presentation. The following five presentation skills secrets will make you successful in all of your situations:
Know What You Want to Accomplish – Invest in the time to analyze what the end result is that you want to accomplish by giving your presentation. What are the main and secondary goals you want to accomplish by the time your presentation is over? If I don’t achieve my main goal, what are the minimum goal(s) I am willing to accept? Many presenters fall short in this area. When you have a crystal clear understanding of what you want to accomplish, it becomes easier to work backwards to create a powerful and persuasive presentation that accomplishes what you want.
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare – I can’t say how important preparation for your presentation is for achieving the success you want. If possible, practice for all the possible scenarios during your speech. Prepare for a plan A and B within your speech so you can adjust to the flow of the presentation. Prepare for all the possible questions you may receive and have powerful answers for these questions. Prepare for the audience that will be listening to your presentation. What will the audience want from you? What will be the attitude they are expected to take toward your presentation? What is the setup or environment where you will be presenting your message? I am sure you can ask many more questions that pertain to your situation. (Read the rest of the article at Presentation Skills)