Today I found a little black dress.
There it was hanging on the clearance rack, all unassuming, half-dangling from the hanger, slotted in the wrong size, looking plain, simple and even a bit forlorn.
In my desperation to get a dress -any dress- for an upcoming special occasion, I grabbed it, raced to the fitting room, threw it on, tugged it down, double-checked the ridiculously low price and declared that it was “fine.”
As a woman, there’s almost nothing worse than looking “fine.” Now “fine” is not bad. But, trust me, “fine” is not good.
More importantly, “fine” is not “wow.”
Not by a long shot.
Fortunately, I tried the dress on once again; this time at home, accompanied by the appropriate unmentionables and my most spectacular bejeweled necklace.
What a difference a little polish and finesse makes.
I look great.
Not the dress.
Not the accessories.
I look and feel amazing.
And so it is with your presentation.
A presentation thatâ€™s â€œfineâ€ will probably help you get the gist of your message across. It may even have a humorous anecdote or an interesting tidbit. It may be well received by the audience in the moment. It may even have been your best effort to date. But a â€œfineâ€ presentation will lack a crucial element â€” the wow factor.
To guarantee a wow factor you must create a total presentation package that includes:
•An idea worth sharing
•An opening hook that shocks, surprises, invites, cajoles or otherwise instantly engages the audience
•A cohesive story threaded together with rich examples and vibrant stories
•A well-practiced, natural presentation style that transcends venue, circumstance or audience bias
•Visual and verbal presence
•A provocative or thought-provoking ending