Last Sunday I had the pleasure of running a workshop on presentation skills to a group of 17 Fellows of the New Leaders Council of Silicon Valley.
The New Leaders Council works to recruit, train and promote the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow — trendsetters, elected officials and civically-engaged leaders in business and industry who will shape the future landscape. NLC recruits Fellows from outside traditional power structures and equips them with the skills necessary to be civic leaders in their communities and workplaces. Their mission is realized through the NLC Institute; the nation’s premiere political entrepreneurship training program.
As part of a weekend of training on communications, I held a workshop on presentation skills. My talk listed the mistakes to avoid, proven ways to create an outline, how to gather content that supports an argument, and presentation tips.
It was refreshing to hear how the young people who are Fellows in the program plan to use communications in their future leadership positions in corporate social responsibility, labor councils, immigration defense, nonprofits and politics.
We worked on the idea of using the “power of three” to quickly outline a speech with three main points. We also reviewed the importance of stories in presentations and the ways in which social media can be used to take the pulse of an audience on a topic before, during and after a presentation.