The Reason I Require My Students to Create Presentations

Someone asked the other day why I challenge and task my students who walk through my coaching and acceleration program to create presentations for the class and I was happy to answer that very easy question!

The reason I challenge my students to present is to give them a real-time opportunity to clearly articulate their assignments – it’s a lesson on clarity which is paramount to communication one’s passion, one’s mission, one’s vision, and one’s pitch.

There are tons of great ideas out there but I’ve learned from experience that the ones that succeed are often times the ones that are most clearly defined and the ones that can be stated with maximum clarity. This makes sense since it’s hard to follow anything ambiguous and even harder to follow someone who’s ambiguous as well.

You see, there’s something powerful about standing before your peers and sharing information – even if it’s information they already know about you. Things change the moment you’re in a position of teaching, the moment you stand up and share something. It’s in these moments where you really find if someone’s completely bought into their vision, their idea, and their ability to communicate it well, succinctly, and clearly makes all the difference.

That’s why I have presentations every single class and why it’s an important part of my coaching methodology. If you’re shy about standing up in front of a group then we’ll beat that out of you right quick – how will you ever be able to find partners, find people that will believe in your project, your vision if you can’t communicate it effectively?

I’ve loved the presentations every single time since each student brings their unique flavor and perspective – some use multimedia to help them showcase their content while others simply narrate and create a compelling mental image of where they are taking us. Some read their notes while others don’t use any notes at all.

I don’t hold any student back in terms of their presentational style – I will provide helpful critique though, but it’s more important that the presentations are comfortable and that it’s obvious that it’s their style and not something borrowed. It takes a few times to get used to but they always get better every single week.

After the presentations the group critiques and provides valuable feedback – part of the process of being accelerated is allowing yourself to hear the truth that many never really get to hear. Sometimes acceleration happens more from within than from without.

I’m no public speaker and I certainly don’t speak for a living but I know how to get in front of a group and speak with clarity – when’s the last time you had the opportunity to practice that?

If you need a structured environment to practice and experiment in then consider ChairCo.