Not everyone is going to like you!

You have heard of the 80/20 rule? It is true with everything in life….especially when you make a presentation. Even one that you have prepared for!
Vil Pareto in the 1880’s is credited with this statistic that 80% will like and 20% will dislike….no matter what!
And this statistic can be applied to almost anything in life.
Such as you get along with 80% of the people you work with and 20% you have chosen… not to relate to. This statistic is applicable to many other similar things in life…and I am sure you can understand this.
But, the fact remains that when you make a presentation…someone is surely going to find fault with it. And possibly they will even let you know it. It’s their objective to probably let the people around them to know it, and then THEY might even spread the word of their displeasure.
As a professional trainer, I have experienced this more than once! I knew my material. I presented it with credibility. The majority of people who attended, benefitted from the my course. But disharmony existed, and those scorned people let me know it!
So how do you address this? Because this malignancy can do damage to your presentation, your self belief and your presentation skills.
If possible find out what caused them to feel so disgruntled. Ask how you let them down?
Address it in a professional manner and see how you can rectify it for them. They probably will be complimented by your interest in them, and will be pleased to find out that their concern had impact on you!
Then take it to the next step and rectify it when you make that presentation again.
Trial and error is an ongoing deal whenever you present with frequency. Tweak your speech each time….and fewer people will be going “to the dark side.”
Knowing that not everyone will always like you. Just ask any former presidential candidate.
Eileen Strong is eager to create a powerful results presentations for you and your team today.

Got F.E.A.R?

Have you heard “the only thing you have to fear, is fear itself?” Well lets break this apart.
This acronym stands for F.alse E.xpectations A.ppearing R.eal.
And that is what happens when we are not sure of our own level of confidence or self doubt… when it comes to a presentation. Taking control of the situation is critically important.

As the talented Alan Weiss says….”The first sale is to yourself”….and then after that “one should always think with the 4th sale in mind.”
We tend to let this fear….and the expectations that we will screw up on all the problems that may surface; or if our nerves “win out” and a poor or simply lackluster presentation takes place. Now that would bite!
Realize that this fear is simply festering in YOUE thoughts. And the fear is growing as soon as you think of the upcoming presentation.
Take control of your situation, your belief systems and ACCEPT that your knowledge is valid. Also that you will share your wisdom, in such a way that people will recognize it…and make positive comments on it.
You practiced, and practiced, and you knew your material. You minimized and rid yourself of this f.e.a.r. and you made your presentation rock!
Dr. Milton Erickson addressed these fears and had all of his clients practice a mopdified form of N.L.P. called Neural LInguistic Programing. This technique, which requires you to repeat a positive phrased sentence and then reinforces that belief. If you do not honor that strategy you will let your fear win.
And your NOT worth that happening.

Eileen Strong is your expert in presentation skills.

Celebrating your success!

Well today is Ground Hogs day and supposedly it has been determined that we will not be having a longer winter. Really doesn’t matter since we have already had our fair share of winter already here on the Jersey Shore.
Personally I am celebrating this day since it is my son’s 23rd birthday. And it will be great!
But I want you to celebrate every time you present to an audience. Whether it is a nationally “recognized” day…such as that infamous groundhog….or it is a day that you
made a great and confident presentation.
Celebrate that event!
Celebrate your renewed confidence.
Celebrate that your message was received….enthusiastically and memorably.
AND it will be since you opened with a powerful memorable sentence….one that “grabbed them” with impact. (You did not open up with “It’s good to speak to you today”…..because that is boring and normal.)
Your opening line had power that related to your message and your closing line was as equally memorable.
This you have to practice at.
Think about your message.
Think about your audience.
Think about what you want the audience to “walk away with”….as they leave, but comment later by email, personal phone call or even a handshake!
Because you came up with a story that carried a message. Because you practiced your presentation. Because you had a powerful opening and closing line.
Because your middle portion of your presentation involved a story that was relevant and even somewhat personal…you bonded with your audience. And that is what counts.
You can do this! Leave behind the fear, and embrace the confidence. The choice is yours…every time. As a professional presentations skills coach, my objective is for you to discover how credible and compelling you can be every time you speak.
Strong Incentives…helps you deliver powerful results every time!
Thus allowing you to CELEBRATE your day…as if it was “holiday”, and birthday…or a day that allowed you to present with credibility!

Strong Incentives delivers powerful results!