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Bert Decker for today's food and public speaking analogy.
Last night on Twitter, Bert mentioned making Coq au Vin for the first time and forgetting to ask the butcher to cut up the whole chicken required for the recipe. Last I heard, Bert said the cutting was sloppy but the smells of the meal cooking were great.
This reminded me of a previous post I wrote about two speakers at the same event, one polished, professional and slightly canned, the other disheveled and passionate. The one I connected with was the one who gave more than 100% to the audience, even though her appearance was less than perfect.
How much energy do you put into the external appearance, glitter and gloss of your presentation vs. the preparation, heart and soul of your presentation?
In Bert's case, the chicken would taste the same either way, though slightly less attractive than if the chicken had been cut up professionally.
I can't say the same for your presentation.
If all you focus on is the external, that is, your movement, gestures, voice, clothing and slides, your presentation will be nothing but an empty shell.
However, take the time to prepare your purpose and your objective, determine your audience needs and wants, dig deep into your emotional well and find what drives you and what excites you about this topic... and even if your outer appearance is not perfect, your audience will see and feel your authenticity and passion. They won't be able to help themselves being drawn into your world. They won't be able to help themselves wanting more.
There's great satisfaction in putting a beautifully plated meal on the table. Just make sure it tastes good, too.
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