When ever I give a presentation I aways feel like I could have done it better. Mainly because I know if I’d had done a bit more preparation, or actually thought about the topic more methodically I might have made more sense, but also because I know I will never be hitting the heights of the TED talkers.
I’ve you’ve never seen a TED talk or have no idea what one is, please leave this site now, and go and look, not because I think you will need that to continue reading, but because you will get way more out of that experience than you will from anything I am about to say.
TED talks as I am sure you are now aware, are given by the leading minds of the day to a room full of other leading minds, they are also recorded and then replayed for the rest of us mere mortals across the internet for all time. They are by the very nature of this very well polished.
If I was going to give a talk that would be viewed by so many of such caliber and stored for all eternity, I would probably take six months out to rehearse it in front of my own specially constructed TED mirror. but the thing is, I don’t.
Today I gave a presentation to a room full of call center planners, not that I am dissing call center planners, but it wasn’t a TED talk, so I didn’t spend 6 months preparing, and I didn’t spend weeks carefully crafting the perfect slide deck of imagery and text to relay my story, I just about chose a font.
Now however, after the event, I am suffering from the TED curse. Anyone who watches a TED video and then presents or indeed presents and then watches a TED video will know that unless they are exceptionally good, they didn’t do their presentation quite right, and it wasn’t as good as the one they saw on the internet about water supplies.
I get presentation flashbacks, they are a lot like “drunken night out – next day flashbacks”, where you see yourself standing in-front a whole load of people making a complete fool of yourself. it’s enought for you to put your head in your hands.
Now I don’t actually think I am that bad at presenting, people tell me I’m good, feedback formy things are often good, and maybe it’s my self-critical gene, but I aways think I could do a little bit better, maybe my presentations could be as smooth as Sir Ken Robinson, or maybe I should just lay of the TED cool-aid for a few days before and after I speak in public.