A preparation practice to engage your audience with well-crafted messages while maintaining the flexibility of improvisation.
Executives expect you to drive their listening: they need to listen with a problem or question in mind. When you open on the ‘context’, you do the opposite. You start to map distant lands from high up but they don’t even know what to look at.
The root causes for feeling tense and hesitant when speaking are largely related to speaking, not to performing in front of an audience.
When you consider speaking a creative act, your presentations and conversations become your leadership portfolio. Speaking is the deliverable of your leadership.
People engage with what they get from your vision, not the vision itself. Mind the gap!
It is not mastering your presentation by silently reading your notes or screening your slide deck.
If your speech sounds like an explanation, it probably is an explanation. Not a motivating speech.