Welcome to Change Your Mindset (formerly known as Improv Is No Joke) where it is all about believing that strong communication skills are the best way in delivering your technical accounting knowledge and growing your business. The way of building stronger communication skills is by embracing the principles of applied improvisation. Your host is Peter Margaritis, CPA a.k.a. The Accidental Accountant, will interview financial professionals and business leaders to find their secret in building stronger relationships with their clients, customers, associates, and peers, all the while, growing their businesses.
Ep. 95 – Kristen Rampe | Another CPA Who’s All Things Improv Shares a New Training Tool for Speaking Success
Kristen Rampe, Founder of Kristen Rampe Consulting, returns to the show to discuss how CPE educators can get the best out of their presenters and subject matter experts and a new training tool for those who want to build confidence when speaking in front of a crowd: PowerPoint Improv!
If you want to get better at speaking, this episode is for you.
Kristen conducted an excellent breakout session during the 2018 CPE Educators Conference, in which a group of us discussed how we can get more engagement from our audiences.
One of the things she talked about was giving the different personas in the room what they need – but what does it really mean to know your audience?
You need an understanding of…
- Who’s in the room
- What their background is
- Why they’re there
- What they want to learn
If you don’t know who they are and what they want, it’s going to be a lot harder to provide value or engage them. Remember: in any speaking engagement, it’s not about you, it’s about the audience.
Kristen recently discovered this new kind of improv, and I’m fascinated by the concept. It sounds like excellent training for any professional speakers, or just anyone who wants more confidence in front of crowds. Plus, it sounds like fun!
The premise is simple:
- After some basic improv education and warm ups, participants get on a stage with a slide deck that they’ve never seen before.
- In proper improv fashion, they get a topic from the audience.
- The participant gives a presentation on that topic!
Kristen says most people go into this a little bit nervous, naturally, but then they realize just how much they can do, how much they know, and how many stories they can tell.
Check out kristenrampe.com/powerpoint-improv to learn more, and to see a video of PowerPoint Improv in action.
- Learn more at kristenrampe.com
- Connect with Kristen: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn
- Accounting Dreams and Delusions: Scenes From Professional Paradise, and What Really Happens in the Accounting Industry by Kristen Rampe
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