The holiday season is in full swing, and relaxation and cheer abound. Whether you’re nestling in with a warm cup of cocoa or gearing up for a sleigh ride, let the holiday fun teach you some unexpected lessons for the whole year ahead.
Staring down a snow-covered hill while perched atop a sled isn’t far removed from the anticipation (or even dread!) before a big presentation. You’re in for a wild ride, but it doesn’t have to be scary. Heck, it might even be a blast. If you’re at the top of your presentation hill, focus on the fun you’ll have along the way — the connections you’ll make, or laughs you’ll share with your audience. If that doesn’t work, imagine how accomplished you’ll feel when you’re finished!
With the promise of fresh-baked cookies, you might be tempted to speed up your baking process. But hold your horses. All things turn out better when you follow a recipe, including your presentations. Gather your ingredients ahead of time—your main points, your audience’s needs, a strong call to action — to enjoy the sweet reward of success!
Giving gifts is one of the greatest joys of the season. But remember, Grandma won’t be thrilled to unwrap a PlayStation console. In gifts and presentations, thoughtful consideration of your audience is crucial. Understand your audience members’ likes and dislikes, what their goals are, even what their sense of humor is. Plan with care, and you’ll warm the hearts of your loved ones (and your audience) with the perfect present[ation].
Curling Up at Home
Fuzzy socks, check. Cup of cocoa, got it! These cozy moments at home can be the most relaxing of all. Next time your nerves strike before a big presentation, imagine your toes warming under a cozy blanket for a relaxing rush of holiday ease.
When the holidays wrap up, you can continue to boost your presentation skills by investing in a Leadership, Presentation & Image Skills program.