How to Get Good At Presenting – a candid and honest podcast with Presentation Coach and author Lee Jackson c/o ‘Be your best in business’.
Forbes Books Radio interview with Presentation Coach and author of Get Good At Presenting Lee Jackson. You can book Lee to teach your workplace Presentation Skills here.
Did you know that knowing lots of people can be bad for our health?!
Research says that on average we all know about 150 people. We have 3-5 close friends/family, then 15 people who are quite close to us, 50 people who are acquaintances and finally a large group who we know a bit and we just wave to in the street!
But because of social media now we can easily keep tabs on hundreds or even thousands of people, this is great in many ways but it also can bring us stress too. If our brain is only really designed to hold the tension of a handful of people, then keeping tabs on hundreds means that there is – always someone ill, always someone struggling, always someone having a tough day, always someone who hates their job. And the flip-side too – there is always someone having a great time, on a great holiday, got a better job and earning more money that us that day. And all this can happen when we are sat in our dressing gown feeling sorry for ourselves!
When I first started my job as a pro speaker I used social media to grow my business as I still do now. But in the early days of self employment it can be very quiet! You don’t get as much work as you’d like, as things have to grow and the word about you has to spread. So for me it became bad for me to see what I thought was that every other speaker and trainer I knew was working and I wasn’t! They all seemed to have bigger and better clients than me too. I think it really got to me for a while and certainly de-motivated me at times. It wasn’t good for me. So I made a few decisions and reminded myself that I was not seeing the world as it really was. Not everyone was working every day but because I followed 200 other speakers there would be always someone working but maybe 185 of them weren’t! But people rarely say online that they are doing nothing (unless it’s the old double hot dog leg shot from a foreign beach somewhere!).
When you have a “gig” based job like mine there is lots of marketing to do and contacts to make but there is also a part of my job where I’m waiting for the phone to ring or an email to arrive out of the blue. It’s just part of what I do. So I do still play the numbers game for business purposes but I also know that personally I should meaningfully connect to less, not more people and we should all of course choose those people very carefully.
We are designed to have a few really good friends not hundreds of vague acquaintances that always seem to be having more fun than us!
Don’t compare yourself to others
Watch the numbers that you connect with
(have an occasional cull and remember on Facebook you can stay ‘friends’ with people but ‘unfollow’ them and they will never know!)
Let’s learn to live a deeper life with fewer people rather than a shallow life with hundreds online.
We’d find life a whole lot less stressful I reckon.
Interview with Sam Dixey the Tinder Powerpoint Viral sensation!
This week a Leeds lad went viral for posting a funny powerpoint presentation on Tinder!
With a glint in his eye Sam Dixey (@samdixey) did a really bad (in fact – so bad – it was good!) Powerpoint Presentation on his Tinder profile to stand out from the crowd for potential girlfriends.
He uploaded his Powerpoint over a year ago and it randomly went viral this week after a potential date Gracie Barrow (@GracieBarrow1) posted it on Twitter
“A genuine 10/10 effort from this lad lmaooo I’m crying” she said – https://twitter.com/GracieBarrow1/status/965001035151495168
“On one slide, the 21-year-old detailed his hobbies as “laser tag”, “dad jokes” and “petting doggos” and even added some pretty cool pictures alongside. Another listed his rather notable skills, including “knowing all the rules to drinking games”, “not the worst at sex” and “owning a Netflix account”
The Sun – https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5625749/tinder-powerpoint-extra-swipes-sam-dixey-leeds-student/
“And, once she’d stopped laughing, Gracie knew what to do. “I swiped right,” she said. “And we matched and have spoken about how viral the tweet has gone. I’d say I would go on a date with Sam based on his tinder profile, because it shows he’s got a really good sense of humour and I like that, plus he seems like a lovely lad.”
The Lad Bible – http://www.ladbible.com/community/uk-viral-guy-creates-presentation-for-tinder-profile-20180220
This week has been mad for him as he has been interviewed on national media and has become a bit of a star around Leeds, where he is a student.
So because he was based in Leeds and he made headlines for a Presentation related story I contacted Sam and met him for a coffee today.
He is a great guy and has a great future ahead of him and thankfully he is not taking his temporary fame and himself too seriously.
I gave him copies of my books and offered to coach him in the future before his next Presentation at Uni. A fun meeting.
Here is a short interview recorded in the cafe…
Here are his fun slides…
PLEASE NOTE: This is the only time that I think that bad Powerpoint has ever been good!
Lee’s Education publisher Collins published this free guide written by him and put it into WHSmith and Waterstones for parents to takeaway – you can grab it free below too – no strings attached – just click the link, the cover or just “save as”…
Here are some of Lee’s free youtube videos for revision and exams too:
P.S. You can buy Lee’s books here.
Speakers Talking About Speaking – Episode 3 with Lee Jackson and guest Richard McCann (Part 2). Want to to be a professional speaker? Want some great advice from the best speakers in the business? Subscribe to Lee Jacksons new program speakers talking about speaking http://leejackson.biz
Speakers talking about speaking Episode 4 with Lee Jackson http://leejackson.biz and guest Alan Stevens http://mediacoach.co.uk This time we are talking about story. How important is story to speaking? What is a story and how do you craft one well? Alan answers these questions and much banter on Speakers Talking About Speaking Episode 4!