Be honest with yourself. How much would you say your talks stand out from other people’s? More to the point, how much would your audience say your talks stand out?
Whether you work in business or education, audiences see so many presentations that standing out can be tough. But, on the other hand, presentations don’t tend to vary much, which makes your task easier!
You and your message really need to stand out to be remembered and get talked about, which both help you turn your talk into audience action. (After all, if people don’t act differently once your talk’s over, what tangible effect has it had?)
And, as Sally Hogshead (a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame) so bluntly puts it:
“Stand out or don’t bother”
So, what can you do to stand out from the countless presentations out there?
Well, in the overview of the FiRST framework, I suggested a mnemonic (“OPQRS”) to segment your approach to standing out, and to help you remember related techniques.
That mnemonic stands for 5 categories of tips, in topics that are key to standing out: