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Interview with Chris Davidson

Read A-Speakers interview with Chris Davidson, keynote speaker. He delivers great advice on presenting, communicating and public speaking.

What is the message you hope people take away from your presentations?

I want people to recognise that they have to let their positive emotions show if they really want to communicate enthusiasm. Don’t just say it – show it – with your whole body. Emotion and passion have to be channeled into a structure to communicate a message effectively. Most modern business presentations are too “content heavy” and too “emotion light”.

 

Do you have a favorite experience from your speaking career?

I enjoy all my times with audiences. Every audience is different and every performance is unique. The bigger the stage, the better, as this normally means there’re more opportunities to do “fun things” when it comes to communicating a message – like using multiple projectors, or involving the audience in some singing, for example.

 

How do you prepare for speaking engagements?

Thoroughly. I spend a lot of time on stage in my own studio, running through the script, videoing myself, synchronizing my on-stage movements with the message I want to convey. I arrive early – way in advance of my performance time – and offer to help the organisers. This helps build rapport with the team and allows me to add value to the events at the same time.

 

What types of people gain the most from improving their presentation skills?

Different people benefit in different ways. I commonly see three different categories of individuals. People who lack confidence and would do almost anything to avoid delivering a presentation. These people benefit most from learning how to control their breathing, how to identify the critical points in their presentation and how to prepare cue-cards. The second group don’t particularly suffer from stage nerves, but they lack a detailed understanding of how to prepare a presentation so that it has a positive impact on the audience and will be remembered. This group benefit mostly from clarifying their message and having a really powerful set of graphics supporting them, (not bullet-point slides, please). The third group are confident, competent presenters who really want to achieve stellar results. These people benefit most from detailed, small group coaching, which focuses on the tiny details that add the final polish to a performance.

 

What is a successful speaking engagement for you?

A successful engagement for me is one where the members of the audience remember the message and take action. It’s lovely to get emails later in which people relate how, after the performance, they went home, took action and achieved results.

 

How do elements such as voice and body language impact a presentation?

Body language and voice are both vital parts of the overall message. Much has be written about body language over the years, but less about voice. I believe the vast majority of business presenters under utilise their vocal capacity.

 

How are your keynote presentations unique?

I don’t know of anyone else who uses as wide a range of props as I do, or builds singing into his or her performance. I am told time and time again that audiences remember my message.

 

When should companies request your services?

I can help organisations define and communicate a complex message in such a way that it will be remembered and action will result. I don’t do “fluffy feel-good stuff”, I’m interested in delivering measureable results.

 

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