Paul Hellman answers these questions and gives you 100 fast and actionable tactics to make your eights seconds meaningful. It's all in his new book, You've Got 00:00:08 Seconds.
He teaches you three key ingredients:
- Focus: How to say less with more meaning.
- Variety: How to stand out as slightly different.
- Presence. How to be notable and boost your reputation.
His tactics will serve you well in all these types of situations:
- Making presentations
- Leaving voice mail
Here are some of my favorite takeaways from Hellman's book:
- In one-to-one conversations, talk less than the other person. Ask at least one thought-provoking question per conversation.
- In meetings, speak in 30-60 second bites. Provide the headline news first, with details later, and only give details if asked. You'll be surprised by how much you can say in 30 seconds.
- When presenting, slim down to 10 PowerPoint slides or less.
And, if you really want to Own the Room when presenting, Hellman recommends you:
- Avoid the podium.
- When you get a question, step forward toward the audience.
- Keep your hands in front of your body.
- Look at individuals.
- Speak louder (as though the room were twice as large and you wanted to be heard).
- Speak as though your message matters.
Thank you to the book's publisher for sending me an advance copy of the book.