Presentation Prep Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 by Liz

With just a few days to go until the big race, we have seen a flurry of activity from bloggers, journalists, and the big sponsors all trying to capture that last minute audience and spur all those super humans on who are participating in the 35th London Marathon.

The runners however are currently head down, focusing on keeping their minds and bodies ready to hit the starting line in top form on Sunday. They have spent the last couple of weeks tapering off their training in order to avoid any last minute injuries and to allow their bodies to recover from the months of hard training so they will be in prime condition for the big race.

I think we can all safely say that nobody who runs, or attempts to run the marathon, will just turn up on the day without prior training and simply “hope for the best”. This is an outstanding test of endurance and their bodies will have been prepped and primed, ready to last the duration. Months of training, testing out different equipment and nutrition have enabled each runner to reach this point – ready for the off.

So, I liken this to presentations, whether your presenting to the board, at a sales meeting or pitching at your next big bid – will you just dust off your old trusty Nikes and start to run praying you reach 26.2 miles, or will you take the time to prep and prime your presentation to ensure you reach that finish line?

There are many places online to find support and inspiration for training plans, nutrition advice, running equipment and much more. Information is out there for somebody who has never run a mile in their life as well as the most experienced of runners.

Here at Eyeful Presentations, we offer the same approach. Whether you are giving your first ever presentation, or presentations feel as comfortable to you as those old trainers – we can help. Even the most decorated of runners still need a training plan for each race.

Our Presentation Training modules are based upon ‘The Presentation Lab’ written by our founder and Managing Director, Simon Morton. This book is recognised as one of the leading texts on the topic of business presentations and in the process of being translated into 6 different languages, helping thousands of businesses worldwide. We can work with you from understanding your audience, content creation and valuable visuals right through to technical “hands-on” training in PowerPoint.

London welcomes the road closures, the additional transport provided for all the extra visitors, the throngs of people lining the streets to support, albeit for one day. Some restaurants offer free fuel for marathon runners, celebrating with them (or at least hoping that they bring one paying guest with them!).

So, whilst you may sometimes welcome the disruption (or distraction to your working week) that a last minute presentation brings, we also recommend that you create your own “training plan”. Or better still; let us do that for you.

We will review your current presentation fitness level and make the recommendations to get you to marathon level. Some presentations will need to make it to the 5k mark, some to the full 26.2 miles, however each and every one needs to deliver a clear message that resonates with its audience.

With our support, you too could be just like the marathon runners and our very own Head of Customer Engagement Jayne Thomas, who have 3 days ahead of them, knowing they’ve done everything that they possibly could to be ready, and tapered off their training in preparation.

If you have 4 weeks or 4 hours before your next presentation, we will have equipped you to create compelling content, deliver a clear message and feel confident in the knowledge you have done all that you can to reach the finish line. We even have a training module “In case of emergency” that does exactly this.

Our capital city London, and its population do us proud at this World Marathon Majors event. And so should your presentation.

Let us fuel your presentation (we’ll make sure that your messages storm over the finish line!) Get in touch… we might even give you a medal at the end!

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