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Jim Endicott at the Presentation Summit 2011

Jim Endicott’s keynote speech at the 2011 Presentation Summit was aptly named “We’re all presenters today!

Jim did the afternoon keynote session on Tuesday, September 20th. He started with his experiences as a presentation coach after he quit InFocus Systems in 1998. He then started Distinction Communication, as a presentation design firm. Jim soon discovered that even the best slides do not necessarily result in successful presentations. So he added messaging support for his clients so that they were equipped with a proper message along with their slides. That worked well to some extent, but there was one missing facet — the storyteller, the flesh and blood conduit for the message.

Jim then spoke about his work experiences — one day, his company may be coaching a Fortune 50 senior executive — the next week their customers may be a mixed group of product designers, legal counsels, or other professionals. Yet all busy people know that it is so difficult to be heard these days, because it is extremely challenging to compete for the time and attention of very busy people.

Here are some thoughts from Jim:

Jim thereafter started a coaching exercise with two volunteers. The first volunteer introduced himself, and Jim videotaped him — he did a good job. The second volunteer then did the same, and she was videotaped too. She was good too. Both spoke about their jobs.

Jim spoke about his company’s training model:

Getting back to hands, Jim showed a cool video clip and then made the audience do some hand exercises.

He then asked that a presenter should look at every presentation as a one-to-one medium. If you feel nervous, meet some people before the presentation — a few faces will look familiar. These few people will then act as pullers that will keep you glued to your audience.

The two volunteers then acted on using pullers in the audience effectively.

He then asked the audience to practice some gestures for situations such as gathering information, combatting roadblocks, and getting two teams together.

He then spoke of the power of the pause, vocal pacing and variety. Put punctuation in your speech, add exclamations, pauses, etc. Added vocal emphasis along with better eye contact and natural movement were the skills that helped average presenters become exceptional.

The volunteers’ videotapes were then shown to the audience and clear differences were visible just by using pullers with better eye contact.Jim Endicott is an internationally-recognized consultant, designer, speaker specializing in professional presentation messaging, design and delivery. Jim has been a Jesse H. Neal award-winning columnist for Presentations magazine with his contributions to the magazine’s Creative Techniques column. Jim has also contributed presentation-related content in magazines like Business Week, Consulting and Selling Power as well as a being a paid contributor for a number of industry-related websites.Categories: powerpoint, presentationsummit

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