Thursday, March 25, 2010

10 Ways The Presenters Brain Uses a Theme Model, Part Two

Earlier I posted an article entitled, 10 Ways The Presenters Brain Uses a Theme Model. Actually, it was a list of “the first five” ways a theme model benefits a presenter that are seldom gained by using a typical PowerPoint presentation.

Today we’ll look at “the second five.”

Remember “the first five,” organize, clarify, evaluate, prioritize and patterns. There are similarities in this list, but each minute element is a function every speaker should consider in detail, regarding his topic.

(Remember the initials, OCEPP. They’ll help you remember these elements.)

6. Relationship. In your mind, , , as you begin to speak and present your topic, one thing is vitally important; it’s how one part, principle and/or element relates to the other factors within your presentation.

And as the late great founder of the National Speakers Association (NSA), Cavett Robert used to say, “if it’s cloudy in the pulpit, it’s gonna be blamed foggy in the pew.”

You must have a clear understanding of how everything in your presentation relates to everything else. And the simpler you arrange its elements together the better you’ll do.

Back to Cavett Robert. He taught a principle he called, “the divinity of simplicity.” "Simple, simply makes everything simpler." (Wayne said that :>)

7. Process. Graphically, it’s known as Process Modeling. Or, as I call it in this blog, Method Mapping.

It makes little difference what you call it, , , but that you can draw it, , , how your message works in real life.

Being able to turn to your whiteboard or flipchart, , , or draw it on the side of a box or the back of a napkin, you maximize your ability to communicate your topic is a meaningful sort of way.

8. Reject. You will tend to use most of your research material. But there will be things that will not fit, , , regardless of how much you wish they would.

Reducing everything to it’s simplest form helps you to see these items that “just don't fit.” At the end of the day, you will probably just reject this information as simply not valid.

9. Practice. Sooner of later, you’ll need to tie your whole presentation all together (in your mind, that is, , , and a simple piece of paper works best.)

Here’s a public speaking tip (a huge one) I have never heard anyone give. It’s “how to practice your speech.”

You’ve all heard about practicing in front of a mirror, recording your talk, video taping it, or actually giving in front of friends or family. They are all good methods but not the best.

The best way is a two-step approach. Step one: Summarize your whole presentation into a good Theme Model. Step two, , , draw that little visual aid on everything between where you are right now and when you actually give your presentation.

A napkin, a box, the back of an envelope, , , and the list goes on. As you draw, do your mind-talk covering every point and detail of your speech. My friend, this is a vastly superior all other methods of practicing your material.

10. Implementing. If you are going to teach something, , , anything? You must know your method works.

To know it will, you must test it. And test it you must using the same tool you are offering someone else; your Theme Model. (Clue; RPRPI)


P.S. Look for the coming article, "OCEPP and RPRPI."

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