I would be so tempted start a presentation on being organised by pretending to lose my notes- and then "find" them in a back pocket. A touch of humor goes a long way in public speaking and helps put the audience at ease. I might then go on to make a serious point about preparation and how difficult it would have been to do my talk if I really had lost my notes. If you don't feel confident then you could admit that you're not good at public speaking and say "thank goodness I've got my notes", which might at least raise some smiles.
Originally Posted by Mgator
My suggestion is make it personal. Describe any outstanding failures in organisation you have experienced or witnessed, in as much detail as necessary to make them amusing and what would have prevented them with what you know now. I wouldn't try to "sell" GTD but simply mention in passing that it's the system you personally chose to organise your stuff. There's plenty of concepts in GTD you can describe without actually mentioning GTD- getting stuff out of your head, you can only do things when you're in the right context to do them, aligning activity with goals, when not to use a system (two minute rule).
The advantage of making it personal is that you know more about it than anyone else. And it is based on truth, warts and all, and the audience will appreciate and identify with that. Also it makes it simple and original which is good for a subject that can sometimes be rather dry and convoluted to discuss.
...Actually, having thought about it, maybe selling GTD is exactly what you should do with your presentation. After all, it's what you do and what your organisation is all about. Framing it as a sales pitch might be appreciated by your particular audience. Who knows, if you can demonstrate how GTD concepts can help with the current challenges your organisation is struggling with, how doing stuff before it needed done could have helped with getting that deal, etc, someone upstairs might listen- and you might even earn some brownie points.
Last edited by treelike; 02-13-2013 at 02:50 AM.
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