I wanted to let you know about a new book that is out that I think could help us all be more effective when we are the one in the front of the room - training, presenting, facilitating, or even entertaining. It is called, Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes, and Win Them Over by Karen Hough. Isn’t that the best title ever? Great cover, too.
I have been following Hough’s work for years and have used her book on Improv techniques for facilitator training. When I was first trained to be a facilitator, back in the Ice Age, I was an overly practiced and polished trainer hiding behind well-honed facilitation techniques.
You know the type:
- "Effective" but BORING! (which is not really effective, now is it?)
- "Practiced" but CLUELESS about what's really going on! (which is not really practiced, now is it?)
In the last 15 years or so, I have come to believe that being engaging and imperfect (highly imperfect in my caes), deeply into the discussion and less like clockwork (read: gets off track sometimes) is the better way to go.
This new book does a great job making this case and providing ideas for how we can be highly flawed and awesome at the same time (and suggests that you cannot be awesome UNLESS you are also highly flawed, which I love and agree with).
Now you might be thinking, Lisa, you just like this book because it gives you license to be highly imperfect….. well there is that, I suppose…… But, I agree with Hough not just because she is validating my current approach, but because she is sharing useful and unconventional tips for how we can connect better and have a more meaningful impact on others – and that is the secret sauce for any type of presentation.
Here is the book on Amazon.
This book, in combination with Nancy Duarte’s Resonate make a powerful duo for all of us who need to convey ideas and techniques such that the learner is motivated to use them.