You might be wondering what a pachyderm or elephant has to do with you delivering an effective presentation? Let me add another animal into the mix… The ostrich. How can they stop you from delivering an effective PowerPoint presentation?
When your audience arrives at your presentation there may be elephants in the room. If there are, as the person standing and speaking you need to deal with them. What do I mean? The elephants are the thoughts or ideas that are in the minds of your audience that will prevent you from leading them to where you want them to with your presentation.
If you don’t deal with the elephants in the room you allow yourself to become an ostrich. Burying your head in the sand and pretending the pachyderms won’t impact your presentation is fool hardy. They will trumpet loudly drowning out your efforts to deliver an effective PowerPoint presentation.
How can you deal with these elephants? Often it is as simple as acknowledging they are there. Some elephants are bigger and louder than others . But by simply acknowledging the elephant is there is generally sufficient to stop it from drowning out the words you deliver in your presentation. These elephants come in different sizes and volumes – it could be that the room is too hot or cold, the lighting is not perfect, or your audience has just been informed they may lose their jobs.
Your audience understands you can’t control everything but by simply acknowledging that you see the problem puts them at ease as it demonstrates you understand! You silence the elephant…
Don’t be an ostrich when you present. Stand up and address the elephants otherwise anything else you say will not be heard as the elephants trumpet louder than you can speak!