I wish you had been with me at my Rotary Club this morning. If you had, you would have seen a spectacular presentation by Scott Oki. If you don’t recognize the name, Scott is a former Microsoft executive who retired VERY YOUNG after helping take Microsoft from a $1,000,000 in sales to billions and gazillions of dollars. He owns several golf courses and is a wonderful philanthropist. He spoke to our club about the values of scouting, as in Boy Scouts.

His message was great, but even more impressive was his presentation skill. Scott has certainly had training because he weaved stories, dialogue and humor into a well-crafted 30 minute speech. His opening and closing were impeccable.

Now although I was interested, as a speaker coach I thought I would glance around the room to see how the audience was reacting. As you might imagine, all eyes were keenly on Scott and most people were sitting forward in their chairs. How many presentations have you been to where the best part of the speech is when the speaker says, “In conclusion…”?

If you want your message to stick, you need to be able to deliver. That means structure, material, and delivery are vital. Scott Oki knew this and has mastered it. What about you? You don’t have to be giving a formal presentation to a group of Rotarians to use these strategies. Wherever you are and whoever your audience is, if you want them to think, feel, or act differently, you must be able to be impactful. The only way to do that is to get educated and practice. Are you ready to take that next step?

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P.S. My schedule for the rest of the year is being finalized. Stay tuned for registration information. You can view the schedule by going to my web site at www.danweedin.com.

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