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So you’ve been asked to present your research, the company’s growth strategy, or your business idea…but you’ve only been given 5 minutes! How do you get your message across AND be succinct?
In this episode we’re exploring why 3 key mindsets to adopt that will help you be short, sharp and effective when public speaking.
Delivering a 5 minute speech may sound simple, but for a subject matter expert, condensing a complex topic is one of the hardest things to do! Like Mark Twain once quipped: “I apologize for such a long letter – I didn’t have time to write a short one.”
But, like everything else in communication, this is a skill you can learn. And it doesn’t just apply to a speech. It can be applies to a 60 second introduction, an interview situation, a panel discussion, or any situation where you have a very short amount of time to present or ask a question.
Resources mentioned in the episode:
- Download the FREE Speech & Presentation Writing Template to help you effectively structure your presentation. I use this for my own presentations, and with my clients (including Bronnie)
- Join the ‘Overcome Public Speaking Anxiety’ Course – a video course to help you overcome the 5 most crippling thoughts that hold us back from being confident, effective speakers
- Podcast Episode: Why you should stop making it all about YOU
3 Key Mindsets:
- The purpose of this presentation is not to prove how much I know
- I need to make this easy for my audience to remember
- The audience doesn’t know what they miss!
Listen to the episode for examples and an exploration of each mindset.
How to present a 5 minute TEDx talk:
To give you a real world example, on the podcast I share the story of my client, Bronnie Mackintosh, who recently delivered a TEDx Talk in Sydney.
Bronnie is a station officer with Fire and Rescue NSW and has been a firefighter for 16 years. She is a Winston Churchill Fellowship recipient, and had travelled the world to research how international fire agencies are bringing more diversity and inclusivity practices into their workforces.
The opportunity to deliver a TEDx talk came up (yes, super exciting!), but the challenge was: she was given 5 minutes to present her research, stories and challenges, whilst providing an uplifting message.
Apart from helping her cultivate her belief and confidence in herself as a speaker (as you’ll hear in the episode), we worked on drawing out key themes from her content, and delivering her stories in a clear and succinct way.
Her TEDx talk was an amazing success, and I am so proud of what she has achieved! Click below to watch Bronnie’s TEDx Sydney talk (start at 9:00:00):