Don’t you wish you could be a fly on the wall after one of your presentations? It’s common after a presentation that people will tell you, “Nice job” or “Good stuff.” But what did they really think? Did they find it valuable? More importantly, did you have the desired impact to effectively transform the way they think and the way they act?
Like most business professionals, customer experience leaders are commonly called upon to deliver presentations. When we’re preparing, we often think about what we want to say. However, sometimes it helps to take a step back and ask, “What is this really all about?” In other words, what type of presentation is this going to be and what are you really trying to achieve?
A fundamental element of good storytelling is knowing your audience. Too often we plan a presentation primarily based on what we want to say without really considering the perspective of the audience. Who are they? Are they familiar with the topic? Do they even want to be there? These are just a few criteria that should influence how we deliver a presentation.
CX leaders typically deliver lots of presentations and how you show up makes a big difference. Without question, if you are fearful or anxious, it will limit your effectiveness in the way you present your material. However, this isn’t just about being confident. In fact, confidence can lead to the wrong attitude. Consider these two:
Is storytelling listed in your job description? Probably not. But maybe it should be. Storytelling makes an emotional connection that helps us better understand a situation or problem. CX professionals can use storytelling as one of their most effective tools.