I get to see people speak in public quite alot--my university students, participants in Goldman Sachs 10KSB, presenters in business plan competitions, people pitching their ideas to me. Always surprises me how ineffectively people of all ages can present their ideas. If asked for advice before a presentation, this is what I say:
- Start with a story that sets the stage. Presenting an investment opportunity, tell the story of how you came to the opportunity.
- Present to answer the questions the audience wants answered. If you don't have this list of questions, you are not ready. (No one gives you the questions usually. You have to figure it out.)
- It's not about you. Unless you are Richard Branson, probably no one is there to see you. People just want fresh, reliable information. So relax, stop fidgeting and enjoy being a talking head.