Leading and Managing – 5 Golden Rules For Presenting Technically Complex Information

If you are part of a profession or area of an organisation that is or is at least perceived to be complex, it can be challenging when it comes to presenting information. For example, when I worked in accountancy, there was a perception that it was really complex and in some cases people had a phobia when it comes to numbers. So what are some of the golden rules when it comes to presenting technically complex information?

Golden Rule 1: Think first about the audience

Chances are you will have some people who are pretty comfortable and complex receiving presentations from people in your area. When thinking about the audience, consider what it is they definitely need to know as opposed to the stuff that would be nice to know. When dealing with complex stuff I generally have found that the more you focus on the key stuff the less likely you are to lose people.

Golden Rule 2: Think about something similar that people can relate to

I generally found that if you can relate the thing you are presenting to something that people can relate to then it becomes much easier. I can recall when working in the NHS I had to explain a new funding system called payment by results. Essentially you were paid for the work you did and coded. I used the example of scanning your shopping to illustrate the similarity with coding. If the item does not get scanned the seller does not collect the money.

Golden Rule 3: Keep it jargon free

We all tend to get caught up in the jargon that goes with our particular area. If you are going to use technical terms then make sure you explain them but ideally avoid them all together.

Golden Rule 4: Focus on the key messages

People can only handle so much at any one time so focus on getting your key messages across. If for regulatory or other reasons you need to make people aware of certain things give them a handout and make reference to it in your presentation.

Golden Rule 5: Check understanding and leave plenty of time for questions

With complex stuff less is better than more. At the end make sure that people have understood and build in more time for people to ask their questions.

Bottom Line – Presenting technically complex stuff presents its own challenges and practice really does make a difference.

A Guide For Effective Presentations

An effective presentation should have three major things: Substance, style and supporting materials.

Having these elements in place is the start to giving an effective presentation. The following guide will give you everything you need to know on how to conduct your next presentation.

1. Be Well Organized. Your presentation should flow in a logical sequence. Additionally, your major points should connect in an orderly manner.

2. Get to the Point. Your speech should be direct, clear and concise. Your audience should walk away remembering and understanding the key points.

3. Exude Confidence. You should express yourself with certainty and credibility. In order to do this you have to make sure you have done research on your topic.

4. Be Sincere. This goes along with being confident. You must be able to come across to your audience with care and concern.

5. Sound Positive. You should display your points in the best possible way. Make sure that what you say verbally matches your nonverbal communication.

6. Relate well to the audience. Understand your audience and convey your message in such a way that speaks to them. Your presentation should be useful and relevant.

7. Have enthusiasm. You can come across animated in your own style, whether low-keyed or full of energy. Sound as if you are interested in what you have to say.

8. Use visual aids to support your presentation. Visual aids enhance your presentation and can be used as talking points.

If you follow this guide, you will give an effective presentation.

Tennis Gods – Tennis Heroes of Past and Present!

Tennis Gods

Since I grow up with Tennis as a kid which started about 30 years ago, I had the luck to see many greats on the Tennis court. The first match on TV I remember clearly was the final of the Roland Garros in 1984 between John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl. Lendl beat McEnroe in five thrilling sets and slowly changed the guard: Lendl became no. #1 in the world for years to come and took over this spot from McEnroe. Before that we had Tennis stars like Jimmy Connors, Borg, and further back Rod Laver. After Lendl players like Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg dominated the mens circuit. Than Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras came across and had many close fights on the courts. Nowadays we have Roger Federer and Nadal!

Lately, there are many discussions who is the best player ever? Most people say it’s Federer. Nadal has an opportunity to beat the Grand slam record of Roger which stands now at sixteen titles. It’s difficult to say who is the best Tennis player I think. When I look back in time, the game looks slower that time, but current equipment for example also made the game faster. Lendl beat in his top days Agassi more than the other way around. Sampras and Federer played only once which Federer won in very close five setter, this was Wimbledon 2001. You would say that Federer is the best one ever, since he has won most Slams right now, but back in the days of Lendl, Becker, Edberg, etc. the competition was more fierce if you ask me.

Nobody talks anymore about the heroes from the past, even though many of them play now on the senior tour. For example, Lendl returned after many years to play again (he had to retire professional Tennis because of a back problem). Great things happened in the past! Talking about Tennis greats from the past and present, making comparisons between both time periods where possible is interesting stuff, besides reading the latest news in Tennis world. Supporting this kind of Tennis posts with great videos, pics and more makes it even more cool. Also Social Media places like Twitter and Facebook are very useful for Tennis readers, this way they can even interact with other people interested in the sport of tennis and talk about their Tennis stars. It’s fun to talk about tennis stars, how they approach things in the Tennis arena at this time, bring back to life the tennis gods from the past, how things were back than…