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The Pitfall of Scripted Presentations

When it comes to presenting technical information, there’s a common temptation to script the entire talk. It’s a natural response, aiming to ensure that all critical information is covered. Yet, this often backfires. Presenters end up sounding less like humans and more like robots. The essence of a good presentation is lost when you’re merely reading off a page. It’s nearly impossible to sound conversational, to sound like you’re speaking to a friend, which is the key to holding an audience’s attention. Regardless of how stunning your slides are, they can’t compensate for the monotone recitation of a script.

Conversational Mastery in Presentations

In my coaching practice, I focus on turning presenters into storytellers. I’ve developed methods to help presenters internalize and master their material, not through rote memorization, but through a natural conversation process. This way, when it’s time for their webcasts or live presentations, they’re not reading—they’re sharing information. They engage in an organized yet conversational manner that resonates with their audience. It’s about making a connection, not just making a point.

Embrace the Art of Conversation

So, here’s a radical idea: throw away the script! Instead, have a conversation with your audience. Picture them as colleagues or friends whom you’re guiding through a complex topic with ease. When you just talk to us, without the barrier of scripted words, you create a dynamic exchange. You allow for spontaneity, for the natural ebb and flow of dialogue that invites questions, fosters understanding, and keeps your audience locked in.

This conversational approach doesn’t mean going in unprepared. On the contrary, it means you’ve prepared in such a way that you’re ready for any question, any discussion. It’s about having a deep grasp of the material, so you can present with confidence and charisma, without the crutch of a script. It’s not just about information delivery; it’s about making that information stick through the power of genuine, engaging communication.

For more information on Jennifer’s coaching practice for technical presenters, read more here.