I am careful with my material and presentation. – Shelley Berman
My company is involved in a lean project showcase next week. And my colleague and I were tasked to a project to improve on our processes.
As we were reviewing our scopes with our lean expert, my colleague voiced out his concern on presenting his project.
And this is what happens:
Expert : Do you have a wife?
Colleague : Err… yeah.
Expert : Do you have children?
Colleague : Yes.
Expert : How old are they?
Colleague : One is eight, another is seven.
Expert : Good. That’s a good age. Gather them tonight and tell them a story.
Colleague : Tell a story?
Expert : Yes, tell them a story. A story about your project. If they can understand it, then you are good enough in presenting your project. That’s also the time where you can do more on your practices. And oh yeah, make your wife the time keeper too.
It was such a simple concept, yet it sounds so profound to us.
Throughout our working/professional career, presentation is just that – presentation. Everything is formal, everything is about powerpoint slides.
But this lean expert is different. He approaches it with a different angle.
It is all about story. Telling a story. A story that can catch the audience’s attention.
It doesn’t have to be dry and boring. It can be lively and fun.
So long it conveys the message that you are trying to put to your audiences.
Have you been doing any presentation lately? Or are you going to do one? What would it take if you try to do in a story-telling mode? Would it sound fun to you?