“Life is like riding a bicycle. You don’t fall off unless you stop.” – Claude Pepper, American Politician
I just returned from my 11 year old daughter’s dance recital and all I can say is WOW!!!
Not only was I extremely proud of her, because she was awesome, but I was impressed with the quality of the production.
The show featured 45 dances and lasted over 4 1/2 hours long. But the time flew, because each song was approximately 3-4 minutes long.
One of the keys to making this night a magical experience, was the preperation by the dancers.
They started preparing last September. Each week they would review what they learned so far and then learn the next few moves of the dance. Although they took the lessons seriously, they also had a lot of fun during practice. I know this because I never had to fight with my daughter to get her to go and practice.
This got me thinking that the same principles that made this night a success can be applied to your next presentation in order to make it a success as well.
Here are the principles:
1. Preparation is the key: According to David Peoples in his excellent book titled, Presentations Plus,
“95% of how well your presentation is going to go is determined before you deliver that presentation.”
Not only figuring out what you want your audience to learn (the content), but how you are going to convey that information (the delivery).
2. Develop it in stages: By breaking down your presentation project into manageable pieces and practicing the opening and then building on it each time, you will avoid feeling overwhelmed (and paralyzed) during the process.
3. Make it fun: When you enjoy something, it feels less like work and more like play. This will help keep you motivated to move forward.
Follow these principles and you will be on your way to developing a magical experience for your audience, just like the Just Dance School of Dance http://www.justdanceschoolofdance.ca/ did tonight.
Again congratulations to all who prepared and participated in this wonderful event.