How to Use Conflict to Shape an Engaging Presentation

Like good movies, great presentations need to be memorable. To be memorable, they need to tell a story that will stay with the audience and that can be talked about further.

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Ratatouille, an engaging story about a struggle to achieve a passion

No conflict, no story. (…) Make things clear, engaging, and memorable by illustrating the struggle” recommends Garr Reynolds, a presentation guru, one of his posts ‘10 tips for improving your presentations & speeches‘. He continues: “We can certainly improve almost any talk by being mindful of what is at stake and what the obstacles are to overcome. Here’s a definition of Story from the book ‘Story Proof’: “A character-based narration of a character’s struggles to overcome obstacles and reach an important goal.”

Showing struggle and vulnerability is a great way to connect with an audience and create engagement. Highlight the conflicts at stake, personal or organizational, and do not hesitate to be overly dramatic in the way you present. Your audience will stay with you and will remember what your message is.

Rework your presentation to highlight the conflict and the struggle.

And show the way.

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Next Public Speaking Occasions: Singapore and Oman

Following the publication of my last book, I will be speaking about Project Cost Control on the following occasions in the coming months:

  • public-speakingin Singapore with the Singapore Project Management Institute (SPMI) on Tuesday 2 Dec evening (7 to 9pm – NTUC Center – 1 Marina Boulevard) – click for details and registration.

Please join if you are interested by the topic or just to meet!

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Watch the video and slides of my May 2014 talk at Lycee Hoche (in French)

Did you miss it? The video and the slides of my speech at the Lycee Hoche in Versailles (France) are now available (in French).

Conference Jeremie AverousThe topic of this speech at my former high school was about my career – and I couldn’t help add something about the Fourth Revolution as well. It is a good introduction to the Fourth Revolution in French.

When is comes to presenting my career, it is an exercise that I don’t do too often and it was kind of funny to see how in hindsight a lot of what I have done and the choices I made, make an awful sense. In particular, my leaning towards project-based environments, and my international career. While these choices were at the time probably mostly driven by curiosity, luck and serendipity, they seem now to wave into a coherent framework. It is also probably because in the process I forgot quite a lot about other stuff that did not work out!

Watch the talk on Youtube here (if you can’t see the video, here is the link)

The segment on the Fourth Revolution starts here.

Happy viewing!

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Don’t miss my talk this Wednesday evening in Versailles, France

The title of the talk is “from Versailles to Singapore: opportunities in the present world”.

It will be held on May 21st from 7:30 pm onwards in Versailles (Lycee Hoche) near Paris, France, and… in French!

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Of course that will be a great opportunity to speak about my experience as a global executive and consultant and speak about the Fourth Revolution and how it changes the world.. and see the reaction of current and former french alumni to these ideas! I plan to keep the talk relatively informal and hope that there will be a lively debate. Be there if you can!

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Participate to my next talk in Versailles, France, on 21 May evening!

My former high school has asked me to come and speak to the association of former alumni about my life and the opportunities we all can encounter in today’s world. The title of the talk is “from Versailles to Singapore: opportunities in the present world”.

It will be held on May 21st from 7:30 pm onwards in Versailles (Lycee Hoche) near Paris, France, and… in French!

Affiche Conference Jeremie Averous-small

Of course that will be a great opportunity to speak about my experience as a global executive and consultant and speak about the Fourth Revolution and how it changes the world.. and see the reaction of current and former french alumni to these ideas! I plan to keep the talk relatively informal and hope that there will be a lively debate. Be there if you can!

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Project Soft Power Presentation (full video)

I gave a speech on Project Soft Power: Become a Great Project Leader at the 2013 Singapore Project Management Institute Symposium, which has been recorded.

I am proud to share the video which we’ve edited with the slides as well included so as to give the best experience if you could not attend:


If you can’t see the video, here is the link.

Many thanks to SPMI for making the video available! Original video is (c) SPMI and the content is (c) Project Value Delivery, 2013.

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What’s Your Presentation’s Single Message?

That’s a question I often ask to people who ask me to advise or coach them and I am often met with blank stares. Even after a long winding presentation that lasted a few hours. It is the most important question: if you don’t what’s your message, how can you expect to have communicated it properly?!?

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So, what’s the message?

Yes, you need to have one message. One SINGLE message that pervades your entire presentation from start to finish.

Remember that law of presentations by Jon Steel in Perfect Pitch: “The more separate points you attempt to make, the less your audience will take in“.

It might be tough to restrict yourself to one single message that you’ll wave in and out of your presentation, in particular if you feel like it is the single opportunity you will have to express yourself in front of a particular audience.

Yet, what do you prefer: one single message that is noticed and remembered, or a presentation that will soon be forgotten?

Make your choice. One single well-crafted message for the next presentation will take the day. Ready to try?

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Jeremie on the road in Oct-Nov: upcoming public speeches

Two upcoming opportunities to hear me speaking in front of large public audiences about the concept of Project Soft Power!

spmi-300x74At the Project Management Institute annual Symposium in Singapore (9-10 October) on October 10 (here is a link to the list of speakers)

speAt a Society of Petroleum Engineers Deepwater workshop in Mumbai (18-20 November) on November 20 (in the project management section of the program)

Project Soft Power is about the skills that make project leaders successful. Because project execution is not a mechanistic application of processes, but a real human adventure. Here are some links on Project Soft Power in Project Value Delivery’s blog: a general introduction, and the 5 roles: the SPIDER, the KUNG FU MASTER, the ENTREPRENEUR, the TEAM COACH, and the PEOPLE CATALYST.

Discover more in the Project Soft Power book! It is available in softcover or on Kindle:

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Large, Complex Projects: Discover the slides from my latest public presentation

I had the opportunity to do a public presentation about large, complex projects last week in Kuala Lumpur. There are no video recordings available but here are at least the slides.

Enjoy!

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Don’t Miss my next Public Speech in Kuala Lumpur on 11th September!

I will be giving a talk on “How to Master Large, Complex Projects: a Different Ball Game“, organized by the Malaysian Chapter of the Project Management Institute.

Project Soft Power and the Fourth Revolution
Project Soft Power and the Fourth Revolution

This will happen Tuesday 11 September 2012 from 6:30pm onwards at Bukit Kiara Resort in Kuala Lumpur. Interested? All the details are to be found in the PMIMY flyer for that Speech on Large Complex Projects.

As usual I will seek will interest and entertain you with my dynamic style!

Come to this exclusive opportunity to gain insights into Large, Complex Projects and discover Project Value Delivery’s proven approach to deliver these projects successfully!

Click here for the details to the speech venue and registration. Don’t miss this unique opportunity and maybe even win some of the books published by Fourth Revolution!

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Successful launch of Project Soft Power concept: having fun around the Fourth Revolution

During a talk given on 6 March, 80 members of the Singapore project management community discovered my new concept of Project Soft Power™!

Project Soft Power and the Fourth Revolution
Project Soft Power and the Fourth Revolution

It is basically a cross over from the Fourth Revolution and Emotional Intelligence applied to Project Management. Do you recognize the slide at the back?

This talk sponsored by the Singapore Chapter of the Project Management Institute was very well received. And more over we all had fun through the exercises that were designed to have the participants discover more about themselves! See here the summary report on SPMI website. Click here to access the Project Soft Power slides on slideshare.

The Project Soft Power book is now in the last stages of production for a publication in May of this year. Or, you can also ask us for a keynote speech. In any case, stay tuned!

Project Soft Power presentation in action - having fun!
Project Soft Power presentation in action - having fun!
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