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Blog Past: A Presentation at PC Forum

March 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Three years ago that I did a presentation at PC Forum which taught me a lot about public speaking from Jezra Kay, a professional speaker coach I had to do a 2-minute pitch for Novatium. Easy, right? Think again!

Jezra started off by quoting Winston Churchill who said something like: “If you want me to speak for two minutes, it will take me three weeks of preparation. If you want me to speak for thirty minutes, it will take me a week to prepare. If you want me to speak for an hour, I am ready now.” Jezra said that we would need to practice till I could internalise the talk – every word of it.

Practice? Me? I thought I was ready! But after a couple mock ‘pitches’, I realised that she was right. I was no way close to ready. Writing the pitch was just the start. The words did not flow well. My delivery left a lot to be desired – because the mind raced ahead to what I was going to say next. I had work to do.

For the next three hours, we worked on my two-minute pitch.

I no longer take talks that I have to give lightly. And I think it has made a big difference. But there is still plenty of room for improvement.

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  • 1 Blog Past: A Presentation at PC Forum « Presentation // Mar 22, 2009 at 6:10 am

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  • 2 Rajeev Shukla // Mar 22, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Well experienced by you and well said here .. Guy’s rule of 10/20/30 represents this in a slightly different format.

    Rajeev

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