Golf is a great sport very useful to guide professionals through many aspects of business. One of which is to improve their performance presenting information or products to clients, other partners or suppliers, which is very important in order to close deals, get projects going and, generally, for the proper function of business.
1) Preparation is needed: in golf, each stroke requires a certain amount of preparation, and the same applies to a presentation. In golf, you make decisions based on weather conditions, distance, height, slope, ground conditions and other factors. In presentations, you must also consider determinant aspects in order to prepare it properly: audience, time available, media at your reach, previous experiences…
2) Commitment is key: If you want to engage your audience when making a presentation, it’s key to show full commitment to what is being presented. If you want to be convincing, you have to be convinced of what you are presenting. In golf, you have to be committed to the stroke you have decided to play, you must avoid any kind of doubt or last minute changes, that only lead to improper shots.
3) The same formula doesn’t always work. Each kind of shot works well in different conditions. For example, a punch is good to throw the ball at a medium height and avoid strong wind against, and a high tee helps the ball go further with wind in the back. When making a presentation, you need to know which formula will lead you to success. It’s okay to have a standard formula that you are confident with, but you must take in determinants in consideration and change some things in your presentation in order guarantee a higher chance of success.
4) The chiller, the better. Having your nerves on the edge is not good for a presentation. The more relaxed you face a presentation, or a golf swing to that matter, the better results you will get. There are many different tips and tricks to avoid being nervous in these situations, you must choose the one that suites you better, and use it whenever needed. Rehearsing the presentation will also help to avoid improvisation and stress when things don’t go as expected, just the way that preparation helps with the putt.
5) The KISS principle never fails: The KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid) was first heard during the Space Race in the 60’s, and it’s perfect both for golf and presentations. The simpler the shots, like avoiding a complicated spin to clear the rough or an obstacle, the better results the golfer will obtain. Equally, a simple presentation will lead to a bigger impact in your audience. It is possible that some complicated tricks will allow you to surprise everybody and achieve a good result, but it’s usually not worth it, and the best way to accomplish success is to aim for simple shots and simple presentations.