” …the key question for Mastery: is the potential for mastery innate or just hard work ? The answer to this question is that “mastery” takes some innate ability (20%) but requires more sustained practice (80%). Most research says that we need to and accumulate approximately 10,000 hours of smart and deliberative practice . So if most of the success in becoming an “master” presenter is deliberative and structured practice of 10,000 hours … the difficulty is how anyone can find this kind of time and motivation to become a master. Recently, Dr. Boscoh a researcher in the field of high performance published an article that answers most of your questions around motivation and the importance of deliberative practice. And I will provide you a framework and structure for designing an exceptional presentation by understanding and using what I call the Four Pillars of Presentology: the 4 M’s. methodology for “Winning from Within”
1. Message–make it “sticky”
2. Methods–use a proven structure for design
3. Mechanics–identify verbal and non-verbal strengths
4. Mental Toughness –overcome fears
So what makes a Master Presenter? I didn’t create any kind of scientific ranking while making my choices, but did consider five criteria:
- Does the individual’s message and ideas resonate to the audience—Relevance Factor?
- Are the ideas presented in a way that connects with the participants needs and expectations? Unique Connect Factor?
- In what ways can the message inspired me to take action or put the ideas to work immediately? Action Factor?
- To what degree has the presentation affected me personally? Memorable Factor?
- Know your strengths and “go with what you have” and make improvements from this starting point to reach your goals? Focus Factor?
For example, if you want to be more expressive and charismatic find out through feedback what you need to change and then use Ericsson’s Deliberative practice or a process like “Smart Steps” for personal change.Tell me what you think works or doesn’ t work with this Presentology framework.