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Recently, we did a training for a group of women investment managers at a large financial service company in Zurich. Each woman came prepared with a short presentation they were working on, which we filmed when they first arrived in the morning. Then we did a full day training, the same one that we do all over the world for companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, MTV, universities and non-profits.
If you’ve ever done Own The Room you know how experiential and interactive the training is—no sitting around taking notes in our groups! You’re on your feet, filming each other, and practicing techniques so that by the end of the day, you’ve got a treasure trove of new skills to use. It’s a bit like boot camp, but fun and challenging. As one CEO who experienced Own The Room previously told his team last week at a training, “Today is going to change your life.”
We filmed this group of women in Zurich again doing that same presentation at the end of the day, but now they were utilizing the public speaking techniques they’d learned. In less than seven hours they went from okay presenters to dynamic, strong, and confident presenters. In less than seven hours.
Could they get even better? Sure, we can all improve. But the difference was dramatic and striking, and in some cases, pretty hilarious. When one woman saw her before video, she said, “I look like a Vulcan!” But in the after video, she was funny, strong, and memorable.
We see this all the time, noticeably dramatic improvements – but having the before and after videos really emphasizes how quickly people can improve – and how striking the differences can be.
As Coaches, we’re thrilled because generally most women (and men too) do need to be more confident. To see that kind of transformation in the course of one day by simply using techniques that are learned so quickly is always inspiring. Imagine that in the span of just seven hours you can learn how to engage an audience, tell stories more effectively, be funny, be memorable, use your voice, your body language, and tone – not to mention getting over your fear of not being good enough.
This is why we, as Coaches, love what we do at Own The Room. It’s not a job for us – it’s more like a mission. And sometimes it even feels like magic.