Tale Of The
By: Nora “The Empress” Tarr
What you are about to hear is a true story
Location is set in Dallas, Texas – Summertime – My first travelling training session
I spent a week’s pay on my new blue suit,
– matching pumps, and a great hairdo.
My nickname is “Empress”
– let all of this information, set the tone for what follows.
Upon Arrival At The Facility
Always check your equipment:
Visual Aids – Projector - Screen
Adjust Podium (if needed)
Amplification (microphone, speakers, etc.)
General Preparation Tips
Assess your room and stage;
Assure comfort in temperature and lighting;
Arrange your presentation materials;
Welcome your audience!
Tips For a Great Presentation
Always put your audience at ease;
Be confident and be comfortable;
Exude energy, and controlled
Know your material as well as your
Well…so far so good …
• The Perch is a type of pose.
• It is often-used by skilled presenters.
• It works well, when used properly,
putting your audience at ease.
• Makes them feel like you are just settling
in to chat with them, one-on-one…
• Instead of standing stiffly at a podium…
• Or formally lecturing from the stage.
The Perch “Technique”
The goal is to appear as if
you are lightly seated on
the corner of a sturdy…
(emphasis on sturdy) table.
The Perch “Technique”
1. Maintain eye contact with your audience…
2. Carefully position one hip on the corner of the
table – “perch” yourself on the corner of the
3. Lean slightly forward towards your audience,
crossing one leg over the other;
4. Maintain excellent posture;
5. Smile warmly and continue speaking.
You have successfully executed “the Perch”!
Well,that is what should have happened…
Even my new blue suit, (though I am thankful it was a pant suit)
– with my matching pumps, and what was a great hairdo
could not save me….
– My handouts were jettisoned over my head…
– My butt unflatteringly hit the floor…
– My glass of water was somehow in my hair…
– I now had a birds-eye view of my audience’s knees.
my table was one of those lightweight, folding tables
1) Simply put – a woman partially seated on the corner of
a light-weight folding table, causes a perfectly
scientific, logically, explainable event.
2) The “Perch” fails, leading instead to an undesired –
though obvious transition to the “Seesaw”.
3) This ultimately leads to an almost certain,
embarrassing, and deeply significant damage to one’s
self esteem – at least on a temporary basis.