There is a difference between storytelling and problem solving.
Storytellers use a rehearsed message sometimes equipped with a slide deck in order to influence, persuade, or promote good will with participants.
Problem solvers prepare with visuals, quotes, and parables that can be inserted into a presentation at any moment to solve specific needs of participants.
No matter if you are giving a keynote presentation or facilitating a discussion, your participants expect more than just a set of slides hoping to make a point. They expect involvement, entertainment, and engagement in a way that makes them think differently about what they are doing currently. Otherwise it is a just another talk in another time slot.
Below I’ve listed some new skill sets you can use depending on the role you assume.
Presentation skill sets for storytellers
- Time lining the talk
- Setting the scene with words
- Creating dialogue with the hero and other characters
- Escalating conflict with the characters
- Integrating humor into the talk
- Resolving the problem with point connected to presentation
- Using presentation software (PPT, Keynote, Prezi, etc.)
- Locating high quality images that reinforce the story
- Playing videos during the presentation that add value
Presentation skill sets for problem solvers
- Questioning and clarification
- Active listening
- Framing for problem solving and decision making
- Whiteboard delivery
- App navigation and shortcuts.
- Live polling using online and instant messages
- Collaboration using mind mapping tools
- Internet setup and connection among devices
- Screen to Screen Selling for remote participants.
Which are you more? A storyteller or a problem solver?
Which skill sets do you need most help with?