Do you want to be a Presenter, a Performer, or a Public Speaker… #IOC

“All actions results from thoughts, so it is thoughts that matter”

When good thoughts become a habit, the results are fruitful. According to Michael Lemonick in his July 5th, 2007 TIME cover story  “How We Get Addicted”, he stated that it takes approximately 90 days  for the brain to reset itself and shake off the immediate influence of a drug  habit.  Now that could be a reason behind why JIO was distributed free for 3 months.

Reverting back to the reality…
Been into a professional management arena for past 10 months, I feel that this topic has got an influential subject. MBA is not just about presentations but yes a major part of MBA deals with how we present ourselves with some good content confidently.

One of our mentors at Akademia started off the lecture with an unusual heading and he called it as IOC.  He continued “Today I am going to give you the recipe behind a successful presentation, the 3 key ingredients for that recipe is IOC.”

I: Interactive and Interesting
Instead of flipping through slide after slide, you can show the relationships between your ideas and give your audience the “big picture” view of your topic. An effective presentation is one wherein the presenter connects and transforms the audience into a bilateral communication.  Try letting your audience drive the presentation.  Breaking the ice, telling stories, adding videos which relates to your topic will help to portray your presentation as an interesting one.

O: Opportunities for the audience
I would like to lend the words of Muhammad Yunus who said “In my experience, poor people are the world’s greatest entrepreneurs. Every day, they must innovate in order to survive. They remain poor because they do not have the opportunities to turn their creativity into sustainable income.”
So opportunities are something people lack and nothing could be better than a presenter coming in front of the audience with an opportunity gift wrapped in. You should choose such a topic which should add some knowledge value to the minds sitting in front of you. Asking the audience what they think, inviting questions, and other means of welcoming audience participation can boost engagement and make attendees feel like a part of a conversation. It also makes you, the presenter, seem much more relatable. Consider starting with a poll or survey. Don’t be put off by unexpected questions – instead, see them as an opportunity to give your audience what they want.

C: Call for Action
As our Basu sir (a mentor at Akademia) says “Any dream with no action plan is a fantasy”.
We know the most essential components of a presentation like the back of our hand: a clear focal point, a strong flow and structure, a beautiful design and a compelling delivery. But one crucial component that presenters often forget to include in their presentation is a call to action. It’s a vital part of a presentation because it incites the audience to take action on your words immediately. It encourages them to do something because of what they just heard you say, and it can range from something as literal as “Buy this product” to something as abstract as “Try using this idea at work.”
The most important part of a call to action is simply telling the audience how they can follow up on the information you’ve just given them. Telling the audience how to take action is the easy part. Telling them why they should take action is a little more difficult, but equally– if not more so– important.
Essentially, your entire presentation is relating to the audience why they should take action on your point, but it’s important to highlight the reasons again as a preface to the call to action. Give them reasons that are highly personal and individualistic. Compel them to accept your call to action. Think of the best way to tell them why you are offering them something they just can’t refuse. People like to hear about themselves and how something will benefit them, so appeal to those characteristics. Tell them how this and that will change their life for the better.

Coming up with a generic subject but adding a uniqueness to it is something that I learn from my mentor. For that I would like to thank Mr.Piyush Sandhane (the brain behind IOC) for coming up with a topic which was really interesting, created an opportunity for the audience like us and forged a call for action.

It is not always what we know or analyzed before we make a decision that makes it a great decision. It is what we do after we make the decision to implement and execute it that makes it a good decision.
As an individual I believe that good decision making skills comes from habits that we practice more than a thousand times. So as the theory of  Micheal Lemonick goes about How we get addicted, try to embed and cultivate good habits in you that will help you to out to make better decisions.

                                                                                                                               -Akshay Bhaskar



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