Movie Presentation Experts: Lessons from Jedi Master Yoda

We’ve discussed a handful of presentation tricks from popular public speakers, TV personalities and even musicians.

Now, we’re giving you powerful tips from an unlikely fictional hero to help you master the art of public speaking.

If you’re a fan of the epic space series Star Wars, we’ve got a good read for you! Learn surprising presentation techniques from legendary Jedi Master Yoda.

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Become the Mentor

Yoda was small in stature, but it didn’t stop him from mentoring nearly all of the Jedi throughout his years as a Grand Master. He’s the epitome of a true leader that empowers students to achieve their total greatness.

In the context of presentations, putting yourself in the mindset of a mentor lets you establish your reputation as a speaker. We don’t mean for you to have special powers from the force to influence your audience. All you need are persuasive presentation skills that make your listeners trust what you’re saying.

Portray Certainty

Yoda’s remarkable statement, “Do or do not, there is no try,” is applicable to how your audience sees you. The word “try” is self-degrading, showing that you’re unconfident about getting the job done.

You won’t convince listeners with “I’ll try to discuss with you the benefits of our products.”

Instead, be direct and conversational: “I’m here to discuss the benefits of our products.” Your audience better understands clear intentions in reaching out to them.

Share a Gift

Mentors share valuable gifts to their apprentices. Before Luke Skywalker faced Darth Vader to save his friends, Yoda tested his student’s competency by making him levitate stones before levitating his X-wing fighter. He also gave Luke important words to live by: “A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.”

As a speaker, your audience mustn’t leave the room empty-handed. Gifts don’t have to be material things. Your gift can be teaching them new skills and presenting new ideas.

Conclusion

The next time you hit the stage for a presentation, be like Master Yoda. Embody his heroic deeds and establish a powerful image as you deliver your speech.

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References

“Powerful Presentations; Like Yoda You Must Be.” Duarte. n.d. Accessed May 18, 2015.
http://www.duarte.com/powerful-presentations-like-yoda-you-must-be/ http://www.cathdaley.com/business-presentations/6-powerful-presenting-lessons-from-master-yoda/

Featured Image: “Master Yoda” by Gonzalo Martín on flickr.com

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