Why you shouldn’t script a presentation
Unless you’re a high ranking police officer, I’d question your need to script your presentation.
This was brought home to me in a rehearsed play reading. The house was packed but I had no need to memorise the lines.
In theory, reading lines should be easy. I mean, ‘easy’, if you don’t want to show your personality and you’ve no intention of moving much.
But adrenalin has a weird way of tripping you up.
I knew the lines well enough to read and move – at least half my body (the non-script holding bit) – at the same time.
What could possibly go wrong?
I stopped seeing the words. That’s what could go wrong.
My eyes were OK but I was blinded by adrenalin.
If you’re going screw up, confess, apologise or play on it. Opting for the latter, it reminded me of what I’m always telling my clients:
DUMP THE SCRIPT!!!
In most cases, reading from a script simply represses your message and your personality.
Here’s how THE SCRIPT IS LETTING YOU DOWN:
- You can’t use gesture because you’re holding on to notes;
- Eye contact with the audience is lost, because you’re looking at your script;
- The way you write is different from the way you speak, so you’ve inhibited your personality, by not speaking naturally;
- It’s very difficult to adapt the same speech to different audiences or make it more relevant as time passes;
- When you need to adapt to time pressures, adjusting the presentation will be hard because everything is pre-written.
Forget the breadcrumbs
I understand the need to script but it stems from a lack of insecurity that will actually keep you insecure. It’s like putting breadcrumbs between you and your destination, when you only need landmarks.
“So what can I do instead?”
I’ll show you how to Mindmap your talk. This 20 minute technique that will have you shape your business plan or pitch.
Not only is it a turbo way of drawing up your content but this one-pager will pin it in your mind and have you able to do 2 things at once:
STICK TO A STRUCTURE AND BE YOURSELF.