Why Speechwell?

Organisations have developed enormously in recent decades. Leadership has changed, the way we work together has changed, decision-making processes have changed, to name a few. But presenting hasn’t developed at all!

 

Well, presentations became shorter and with the introduction of PowerPoint they became more visual and usually more boring. But the very essence of presenting hasn’t changed at all. A person stands in front of a group and tells a story. That used to be the way a presentation was delivered ages ago and it’s still the way it’s done today. In our current society the pitch and debate are dominant types of presentation. These are useful formats in some situations but they are not suitable for creating unity and cooperation. And cooperation is what it’s about in organisations! The time when others were convinced by someone delivering a presentation, where you can’t get a word in edgeways, is long gone. People want to be involved in what is important to them and they want to influence matters that concern them. That requires a new way of presenting, a way in which exchange, feedback and dialogue are essential parts of the presentation, sometimes even the target. But exchange and feedback are not enough. The presentation has to ‘match’ with the presenter. The willingness to cooperate, to jointly seek the best solution for moving forward, must be felt by the audience. Otherwise there will be no confidence and you will lose the people you need to help you move forward. Presenting is essentially about ‘connecting’. It’s about connecting to the content – whether or not to fully support what you say. It is also about connecting to yourself, to your deeper values, to who you are. And presenting also means connecting to others, to join forces and to find ways of solving problems or handling topics that all of the stakeholders share an interest in. That requires a new way of preparing and giving presentations. A way based on dialogue.

 

 

 

 

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