Does it ever strike you as odd that something is undeniably important as giving a great presentation – I mean if you think about it almost everything of consequence in business happens on the other side of one- is so overlooked by most professionals as a foundational skill?
And I’m being polite here. The standard of the average presenter is so unbelievably low that if the standards for learning to swim were the same as the standards for learning to present… we’d drown! For some reason though, this is something that we have come to accept. The MVP (minimum viable presentation) just, well, isn’t.
So why is this? Well, I’ve got a feeling it’s to do with how we think about presentations in the first place. So often people come to as a Missing Link and the phrase they use is, “I need your help as I have to give a presentation”. I have to. It’s like it’s a grudge purchase. The first thing I always try to save them is, “No. No… you get to give a presentation!”