3-dimensional winner

How do you prepare when you’re going to give a presentation at work? Imagine that you have a 20 minute talk to give, and your plan is to just step on the stage (or in the front of the conference room) and download your info over a 15-25 minute time-line. A recipe for success, or just doing the job?

At my club’s Toastmaster’s meeting, I gave a speech tonight on 3D speech writing. This was based on a method I learned at the free World Champions EDGE summit in Connecticut a few weeks back. This was provided by 2000 WCPS Ed Tate, and he referenced learning it from NSA Hall of Fame speaker Patricia Fripp.

This method is a very strong tool for planning out the method of delivering your message in a way that will benefit your audience. It’s based on these definitions of the three dimensions:

1-dimensional approach is when the Audience is listening to the Speaker.

2-dimensional approach is when the speaker Speaks and uses Media or Asks Questions (i.e. yes/no or “raise your hands”).

3-dimensional approach is when the speaker includes Audience Participation.

In short, you use the 3D model to look at each part of your presentations. You might just break it down to opening, first main point, second, third, and conclusion. Or, for a longer presentation you might break down each part into further segments, such as (in the first main point) transition, first point opening, first point story, first point activity, first point story 2, transition, etc. 

Next, you determine the what, why, and how of each part. Then define the level of dimension.For instance:

What: First point activity 
Why: introduce the audience to the 3 parts of a speach opening
How: Standing activity with audience participation
Dimension: 3

When you look at your entire presentation, you might find that you have too many 1s. What does that mean? It might be boring or simply fail to keep your audience engaged. What if you have too many 3s? You could exhaust your audience. The goal is to create balance in your presentations, and to make sure that you’re providing the audience what they need to walk away from your presentation with some real value.

If you want to see the speech, take a look at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX0zGgdQ1TQ

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