Mike’s keynote was titled “Listen, Learn, Share, Succeed”. In his presentation at the Presentation Summit, he shared a story of a young man. This man had to decide to let his ill mother die in the hospital and spend the remaining time with her. He showed how change is triggered by stories that are felt. Here are some lessons that we can learn from his experience.
Giving Personal Advice in Presentations
Mike asked people in the audience if they had any children. Then he asked people if any of their single friends ever give them advice about raising their children? Even though they don’t have children of their own yet. Its the same with presentations. Advice needs to come from someone who has experienced that thing themselves. Otherwise, its not going to stick and its not going to really change things.
Basic Emotions Conveyed in a Presentation
For the sake of a presentation, we must divide emotions into happy and sad. He used these emotions in a graph where each event was rated as happy or sad. He shared a lot about himself in a graph of his own life’s events.
Real Experiences vs Opinion
He shared his life’s moments to show how these experiences and professional life are linked. When people give Advice, they mix facts with opinion. But, people’s own experiences are very real and teach hard lessons. Advice should be given using the word “I” instead of using the word “you” when giving a presentation.
Experience > Advice
Mike’s assertion was that experience is real, and it is better than advice. So, when you’re giving advice in a presentation, make sure to only share what you know. If you share something that did not come from yourself, then state the source of that information.
Share your experiences, ask people if they’ve had a related experience, and make sure to state your own experiences using “I”. If its not your experience, then state it as such.