Dear Farillio member,
On 14th December 2020, you asked our inspiring expert Esther Stanhope on the Go Far Fast Show:
“My manager is about to go on maternity leave and asked me to present our new project at a board meeting in 2 weeks and I am getting really stressed about it already. What's your advice for presenting to people who are a lot older and better informed on the business than you are? I'm terrified they'll ask me a question that I can't answer.”
And Esther said:
Be mighty always, Farillio
“So the first thing is presenting to people older than you are, more and wiser than you and cleverer than you... Brilliant. Use their knowledge somehow... ask them a question. Start with, "It's a real pleasure to be running this meeting"; give them a compliment. And ask them a question... "How are you finding this?", "What do you think of this?" Get them to talk. Don't you try and compete with them; you're not going to compete, you're not going to out-knowledge a seasoned professional. So that's a really good tip, and the other thing is: it doesn't matter who you are, where you're from, how old you are, how inexperienced you are... if you are upbeat, generous, you're owning your own space – remember you own your square, you own that square your way – everything else will fall into place. Don't be afraid. Be interested in them... show more interest in them and acknowledge their presence. Acknowledge their brilliance. But, you don't want to be too, "I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy", you know. You want to be really confident, really generous, really positive and powerful. And if you show interest in them and ask them questions, they will really love you.”
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