Episode 21 – The Art of Presenting Planning, Creation, Delivery (The Heros Journey) – Spencer Waldron – Prezi (Part 1 of 2)

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This episode is a two parter, you lucky, lucky people – as our guest would not shut up about presenting and presentations – and it is marvelous, so marvelous we’ve decided to split it into two parts so that you can digest all this value in two manageable chunks – delicious.

But first we need to chat to Spencer Waldron, the Regional Director and Head of Story for Prezi in Europe. Love that title. Who has been helping to grow businesses in global markets and in marketing for more than 20 years.

For those of you that don’t know, Prezi is a presentation tool that uses motion, zoom, and spatial relationships to bring ideas to life and make you a great presenter – or at least that what it describes itself as!

What started out for Spencer as a wider offering of Marketing services has led him down a path of specialising in presentations, but what is really interesting however, is the fact that Prezi was created at a time where one player in the presentation world was dominant – PowerPoint. So why take on a giant such a Microsoft in this industry? Because someone, somewhere, along the way, decided – I think I can do better than this! So, while we are all trying to do much better at what we do and before we go on to chat about storytelling, visual communications and presentations, I thought I would ask Spencer – What is the worst presentation you’ve ever witnessed?

Takeaways
– The worst presentations, are the boring ones! Makes sense really. Make sure when you are presenting or you have to produce a presentation that you are making it useful and valuable for the audience. Try and think about what they want to get out of it and deliver. Remember, people are on your side, willing to learn from you, listen to you, they want you to be as good as you want to be so embrace it.

– Check out the Andrew Abela’s From-To Think-Do Matrix. This simple think and do, before and after is really helpful in getting down what you want to achieve through your presentation. But don’t forget the third column – feel (because connections are much easier when emotions are used).

– Just be a nice person and look after others. Always try and go above and beyond the expected. Courage, Curiosity and Creativity.

Links
Spencer Waldron:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerwaldron/
Prezi: https://prezi.com
Andrew Abela From-To Think-Do Matrix (see page 10): http://extremepresentation.typepad.com/files/the-presentation—ebook—abela.pdf

Books:
Impossible to Ignore (Carmen Simon): https://amzn.to/2Maqz1O

The Hero with A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell): https://amzn.to/2KiVZ5U
The Pyramid Principle:Logic in Writing and Thinking (Barbara Minto ): https://amzn.to/2txW5zm

App:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com

Music Featured on this Podcast:
Sleepy in the Garden
Lobo Loco www.musikbrause.de
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