How To Get Your Point Across In Your Point 30 Secs


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How To Get Your Point Across In Your Point 30 Secs

  1. 1. How to Get Your Point Across in 30 Seconds (more or less)<br />PREPARATION<br />MESSAGE CONTENT<br />PRESENTATION<br />
  2. 2. Why 30 Seconds Or Less<br />Memos and letters of request are too long.<br />Time has become compressed: people are often in a hurry, and we have “instant messaging.”<br />The attention span of the average person is 30 seconds.<br />Doctors listen to their patents for an average of only 19 seconds (from research at Michigan State University).<br />Television commercials do a good job of getting their message across in 30 seconds.<br />TV news “sound bites” are 30 seconds long, or they don’t get air time.<br />If you can’t say it in 30 seconds, you are likely not thinking about your message clearly.<br />
  3. 3. Applications<br />Telephone requests and conversations<br />Answering machines; text messages<br />Messages left with a staff person<br />Memos and fax messages<br />Letters and thank-you notes<br />E-mail<br />Abstracts of technical papers and proposals<br />Formal presentations at meetings<br />Interviews<br />Sales pitch or complaint<br />Social situations with superiors<br />Chance meetings<br />Giving a toast<br />
  4. 4. PREPARATION<br />OBJECTIVE: <br />What do you want to achieve, and why?<br />AUDIENCE:<br />Who is the target of your message?<br />STRATEGY:<br />How can you get what you want?<br />
  5. 5. NOTE <br /> Although your message will take only 30 seconds (more or less) to deliver, do not be surprised if it will take you an hour or more to prepare it (and additional time if you need to practice an effective “speech”).<br />
  6. 6. Preparation questions to think about:<br />Do you have a single, clear-cut, specific OBJECTIVE?<br />What does your AUDIENCE want from you? Can you speak in their thinking quadrant? What benefits can you offer them?<br />What format would be most effective (phone, memo, e-mail, a formal or creative presentation, etc.)? Brainstorm different STRATEGIES, then select the approach that best meets the objective.<br />
  7. 7. “Approach” Example 1<br />Blondie: Honey, you like my cooking, don’t you?<br />Dagwood: I love your cooking!<br />Blondie: Would you mind sharing it with the rest of the city?<br />Dagwood: Of course I’d mind. I love the way you kiss, too, but I wouldn’t share that with the city either.<br />Blondie: Well, so much for that approach.<br />
  8. 8. “Approach” Example 2<br />Blondie: Honey, I have something to tell you.<br />Dagwood: What is it?<br />Blondie: I want to start my own catering business. <br />Dagwood: NO! The wife of Dagwood Bumstead will never work! Never! Never! NEVER!<br />Blondie: I’ve projected a first-year income of over twenty thousand dollars.<br />Dagwood: Twenty thousand?<br />Blondie: And, of course, I’ll need for you to try out lots of new recipes and dishes.<br />Dagwood: Try out lots of new recipes and dishes, mmm …<br />Scene shifts to advertising office of newspaper<br />Blondie: We’d like to take out a business ad.<br />Dagwood: Yes, a very large one!<br />
  9. 9. MESSAGE CONTENT<br />HOOK<br />How can you get the audience’s attention?<br />SUBJECT<br />Are you providing all necessary details?<br />CLOSE<br />Are you asking for a specific action or reaction?<br />
  10. 10. Tips for Coming Up with a Killer Hook:<br />Use the first statement as a hook to get attention.<br />Relate the hook to your objective, audience, and approach.<br />Your hook can be a dramatic or humorous question or statement.<br />Your entire message can be a hook.<br />The hook can be non-verbal (action, mime, picture, or object).<br />Keep a “hook book” of ideas and quotes.<br />
  11. 11. Tips for Preparing a Memorable Message<br />Answer who, what, where, when, why and how as they relate to the objective.<br />Be brief, be clear, touch the heart. Use imagery so the message will be remembered.<br />If you don’t know the primary thinking preference of the audience, try to communicate in all four quadrants.<br />
  12. 12. Traits of a Four-Quadrant Message<br />CLARITY: Concise facts for Quadrant A.<br />ACTION PLAN: Well-organized implementation for Quadrant B.<br />IMAGERY: Creative word pictures for Quadrant D.<br />EMOTIONAL APPEAL: Building relationships, sharing emotions and personal stories for Quadrant C.<br />
  13. 13. Tips for an Effective Close<br />You must ask for what you want.<br />Demand action within a specific time frame.<br />Or ask for a reaction through the power of suggestion or example.<br />A message without a specific close or bottom-line is a wasted opportunity.<br />
  14. 14. VERBAL DELIVERY<br />STYLE: What non-verbal message are you giving? Monitor your body language.<br />APPEARANCE: Are you well-groomed?<br />SPEAKING: Learn to modulate your voice. Use pauses. Be animated.<br />ACTING: Smile. Use eye contact. Transmit a positive, friendly attitude.<br />
  15. 15. WRITTEN MESSAGE<br />Write legibly and neatly.<br />Use good grammar and correct spelling.<br />Where appropriate, also pay attention to a pleasing layout.<br />Be positive and friendly, or polite and formal, as required by the situation.<br />For important messages, proof-read and edit, then double-check again.<br />
  16. 16. EXAMPLE 1: Speech Preparation Outline<br />OBJECTIVE: Get more people to recognize and use 911.<br />LISTENERS: General public.<br />APPROACH: Appeal on TV.<br />HOOK: Who do you call in an emergency?<br />SUBJECT: <br />Not one in a thousand knows emergency numbers? Most people dial 0.<br />There are over 40 emergencies a week in our community.<br />Crucial time is lost while people call wrong numbers.<br />911 will save time in emergencies, because the right people will be called (police, fire, ambulance).<br />CLOSE: Use 911. It might save your life!<br />
  17. 17. EXAMPLE 2: Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address<br />HOOK:First three sentences, forming a bridge connecting the past vision to the present experience of the audience.<br />Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.”<br />Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.<br />
  18. 18. MESSAGE:Five sentences, dedicating the cemetery and honoring the sacrifice and bravery of the soldiers.<br />We have come to dedicate a portion of it as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that the nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.<br />
  19. 19. CLOSE:Two sentences, calling for the living to dedicate themselves to the work that the nation, under God, will be a government of the people, for the people, by the people.<br />It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.<br />
  20. 20. Thinking Quadrants Addressed by Abraham Lincoln<br />AFacts and time span mentioned in the “hook” (Sentences 1-3).<br />B “Proper” cemetery dedication and action (Sentences 4-5).<br />C Personal commitment demanded and emotion expressed (Sentences 9-10—close).<br />D Grand concept of “one nation under God, with freedom for all” (expressed and implied in both the first and last sentence).<br />
  21. 21. Eight Tips for Making an Effective Formal Presentation<br />Start and finish on time!<br />Make sure each person on your team is introduced clearly.<br />Speak the language of your audience and state the purpose of your presentation.<br />Use visual aids so people will better remember your main ideas.<br />
  22. 22. Eight Tips for Making an Effective Formal Presentation (cont.)<br />5. Plan time for questions at the end; respond directly to the questions.<br />6. Be yourself; project energy, enthusiasm, competence.<br />7. Don’t exaggerate or criticize—don’t bad-mouth the competition.<br />8. PRACTICE—make sure you know how to operate the equipment (projector, screen, computers, mikes, lighting, etc.).<br />
  23. 23. How to Make Your Presentation Memorable<br />Typical listeners can only remember three to five points, and then only if the points are reinforced.<br />Thus you must<br />Preview the main points to have the listeners anticipate them.<br />Continuously tie the points to the structure of the presentation.<br />Provide summaries as handouts if you have many details.<br />At the end, review or reinforce the main points to provide closure.<br />
  24. 24. That’s it, Folks!<br />You’ve been given the knowledge, now go and build on this foundation!<br />Sink your teeth into it.<br />Now the ball is in your court.<br />Application and use are your responsibility.<br />Each statement addresses one of the brain quadrants. Can you identify the quadrant for each statement?<br />