The One Trait You Need to Become a Star Presenter

April 6, 2015

presentations-reward-the-dogged-blogAlthough I’ve been creating and giving presentations for years, it still comes with its challenges. And through it all, I’ve taken away one more important lesson: The greatest presenters are the most dogged.

This quote from Bear Grylls sums it up well:


It’s absolutely amazing just how true this statement is in both life and presentations. The universe will tempt you. People will demand the world from you. Here's what I mean:

I ran across a recent study (based on the work of Angela Duckworth) discussing why some West Point recruits drop out while others press on. I was happy to discover that a lack of grit was the cause. Basically, it’s not talent or IQ that gets people to the finish line successfully – it’s grit – pure, raw determination and perseverance.

If you think your talent or brains will always save you – think again. The reality: The guy or gal who is working tirelessly on their presentation right now may overtake you soon.


So, what are you waiting for?

Don’t Procrastinate
According to recent studies, procrastination has quadrupled in the last 30 years. Don’t let your presentation make you the next statistic. Start. Right now.

Don’t Make Excuses
Excuses are for children. You can always watch less television, talk less to your Aunt Sally, or wake up earlier. There is no reason to make excuses about your presentations.

Don’t Give Up
We have already established that presentations are hard work. Embrace that reality today and learn how to push through when your narrative isn’t working, your presentation design looks awful, or when you can’t seem to nail your delivery. Never give up.

Doing the above will give you the tools you need to win – after all, presentations always reward the most dogged.

READ MORE: How to Win Your Audience's Heart in 7 Minutes

Author Bio

Scott Schwertly is the author of How to Be a Presentation God and CEO of Ethos3, a Nashville, TN-based presentation boutique providing professional presentation design and training for national and international clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to branded individuals like Guy Kawasaki. If Scott is not working with his team building presentations, you will find him in the pool, on the bike, or on a long run. Scott lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and three dogs. He has a B.A. and M.B.A. from Harding University.

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