HOW TO MAKE SHOW-STOPPING PRESENTATIONS
Here's a piece of news that may surprise you. Some of our best and most Award-winning actors are indeed methodical planners, contrary to wide-spread belief, and the way they get to the performance is through a careful, tried and true method of breaking down a script and peeling back the layers of their character. They break it apart scientifically and then put it together in a way that is unique to them and them alone. Anthony Hopkins, Daniel Day Lewis & Meryl Streep are three brilliant examples of analytical actors who dissect their roles like a med student to a cadaver. And, their performances are renowned. Who can forget Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lector's chilling persona in "Silence of the Lambs?" That came from studied analysis and rehearsal.
Thinking like an actor will enable you to make bolder, more interesting and enticing presentations or pitches. This goes for an audience of one or 500 and is works particularly well for pitch teams as well as solo fliers! Here are some tips on how:
- Break down your "script" into beats - divide your presentation into separate, distinct thoughts.
- Define the objective or goal of each beat - what are you trying to say in one or two sentences?
- Define the roles in the script - what is your primary persona in each section or thought? Teacher, peer, expert, persuader, closer?
- Re-format each beat focusing on the specific intention of your defined "roles."
Now, put it all together and rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Videotape it, show it to others, really get it into your bones so you can be present in the room. Then, get ready for the accolades and sales for your award-worthy presentation not to mention making the sale, getting the job or motivating the audience!