The secret to effective presentations – Paulus Romijn
Five years down the track, my opinion hasn’t changed. I can still recall vividly the experiential exercises: from trying to sell an exercise machine infomercial-style to producing a travel documentary, it was an amazing experience. I met some really interesting people, and we all had a great time on this course. It was initially a little unnerving to put myself out there, especially when I was the only guy in the class. Every speech is recorded and played back to the whole class. If most people are like me, they will feel uncomfortable with seeing themselves on screen, as this means having our insecurities laid bare.
Once I learnt how to let go and just be myself, I started to enjoy myself. Towards the end of the course, I was actually looking forward to the weekly session, and really missed the sessions once they were over. Perhaps the most important lesson I learnt was that there wasn’t a specific technique to master. In fact the real key to becoming an effective public speaker is to overcome our own fears and insecurities.
The Presenters Platform was created by Paulus Romijn in Auckland in 2004. Paulus was brought up in Wellington from Dutch migrant parents. He was picked as a speaker from an early age at school delivering Church readings and Drama. Over the years in his studies he excelled in subjects like motivation, leadership, group norms and International Business. Then after attending many courses he thought there was so much more to presenting to an audience or screen he developed over years of research a series of courses with comprehensive tutelage with small groups.
Over the past few years, I’ve kept in touch with Paulus and recommended some of my friends to sign up for his course. In fact, we even had the opportunity to work together, with Paulus assisting a few of Euroasia’s corporate clients with skills-development and learning how to effectively present to a Kiwi audience. Paulus is
certainly a talented teacher and facilitator.
I asked Paulus to give me a list of 10 tips for effective presentations.
1. What do I want to say rather than what I think the audience wants to hear.
2. Do not have the objective of going through the motions but of making an impression.
3. Keep movement minimal and if you do move know where you are going.
4. If using Power Point do not rely on it.
5. Think about the chronological order of your delivery. What is a powerful opening rather than a predictable opening.?
6. Practical examples are always credible in relation to a theory.
7. Allow yourself to pause rather than use non words such as um and ah.
8. Practice, practice,practice. Say it out loud to a friend or partner and ask for their feedback.
9. Give yourself permission to have an opinion. “I believe” is a very powerful start to a sentence.
10. Fear of judgement is in your own head; your audience wants you to succeed.
After 7 years in the education business and seeing thousands of Kiwis come to Euroasia to embark on a journey to learn a foreign language, I am now more convinced that the key to self-improvement is the ability to push yourself beyond your comfort zone. This applies whether you want to learn a language or to speak in public. With a lot of life development, what holds us
back is not a lack of skill, but a lack of will.
Check out Presenters Platform if you’re looking for a course that will challenge you so that you can be a more effective public speaker. You can reach Paulus on 09 360-5039.