Presentations That Are Sure To Wow!
Rachel Kubicki Collins

 “So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.” ~Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! 


Presentations 101


Having an opportunity to share your ideas and thoughts with potential corporate partners is a tremendous gift. The idea that your words can impact people in so many different ways is so energizing for me. Whether it’s about branding, personal development, how to presentations or just reviewing a case study…I LOVE IT. I also love hearing other people present and always walk away with pages of notes that influence my personal and professional life. Whenever I am invited to speak, I ask a series of questions to help me determine what to focus on.


What are they trying to accomplish?

How can I help them?

Who is their audience?

Where are they coming from (backgrounds, experiences, knowledge of the topics, etc.)?

What presentations have they enjoyed the most in the past?

Then I start asking about the goals of having me there.


Is it simply to motivate and rally people?

Is it to help provide a sense of direction and set priorities?

Is it to tell my stories so they can learn and do it bigger and better?

Is it to provide actionable directions for a specific project?

Is it to create a stronger sense of team?

The next round of questions usually involves the format and time available.


Will we have several days or just minutes together?

What is the agenda?

Where will this presentation fit, and what comes before and after?

Will I be presenting with someone else or going solo?


Once I have these answers, I can start to determine the main points that should be covered and the level of interaction with the audience (team building activities, small group discussions, etc.). My brain automatically starts thinking in PowerPoint even if I won’t be using it during the actual presentation. It is an easy way to outline the presentation and focus on key points. Once I have the PowerPoint constructed, I create the intro and summary notes and add notes to every slide. I think back to books I have read that might be helpful to this audience or quotes that might trigger a new thought or inspire someone. I try to provide a new tool they might not be aware of that can help make them more efficient (Google alerts, VideoStar, etc.)


After the presentation is complete, I rehearse it and adjust the number of slides, flow of material, and speed. My rehearsals tend to be very content based and straight-forward. The part I enjoy most is bringing the presentation to life with the audience. It really isn’t complete until you are with the people who you are working with. They are the missing piece, and when you are all gathered in the room it just feels right. This is where I take liberties to add a funny story or tell a personal challenge and how I learned from that mistake. It is a great feeling when people ask questions, take notes, and get involved – when they don’t think of it as me presenting but more of ‘let’s learn together’.

Receiving emails and feedback after my sessions is very rewarding. It’s wonderful to hear from people to hear how and if they were impacted.


“Thank you for all that you did to make the Leadership Empowerment Institute a success. You were the star of the conference. I really appreciate your wisdom, energy, and your magnetic smile, and I hope to work with you in the future.” ~ Greg Gibson, National Black MBA Association-Austin Chapter, Conference Chair


To me, the most important thing is to think back to the presentations you have enjoyed most. Ask yourself…


What did you like about them?

What presentations did you not like and why?

Always assessing the value of what I am presenting is important. If I were sitting in the audience, would I walk away feeling like my investment of time and resources was used wisely or wasted? Were there a few ah-ha moments that I can point to and learn from?

Having the opportunity to share your thoughts, ideas, and experiences with others is truly a gift and not one to be taken lightly. Whether you are presenting this week’s status report or ideas to change the world, do not take the opportunity to stand in front of a captive audience lightly. Be clear, concise and passionate. One of my new favorite words is ‘enthusiastic‘. It means having or showing intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval.


Speak ENTHUSIATICALLY and you will be great!


P.S. Be sure to watch the lesson modules at PartnerGauge.com focused on sponsorship presentations and download the Sponsorship Presentation templates! 


Rachel Kubicki Collins

President / Founder

PartnerGauge.com



3 Secrets to Stunning Sponsorship Proposals That Get Funded The First Time
Rachel Kubicki Collins

 Are you weary of explaining a sponsorship revenue gap to your board?

 

Are you sending the same worn-out old proposal to every sponsor?

 

You know… that proposal that’s been patched together from sections out of the last seven proposals that didn’t get funded.

 

If so, you’re in trouble again this year.

 

The choice is yours.

 

You can start to warm up your leftover 2020 excuses, or…

TRANSFORM your sponsorship proposal for 2021!

 

And start a revenue generating machine that replaces the scramble to cut and paste a proposal to meet a looming deadline.

 

Transform your sponsorship proposal into a shooting star that makes you memorable, fascinating, and, most importantly, funded. 


In this downloadable presentation, you’ll learn:

  • The kind of story that will capture your sponsor’s imagination and charm them into funding you over the competition

  • How to come off like a polished pro in a room full of intimidating executives

  • Words you MUST avoid using in your proposal 

  • We’ve created a handy SPONSORSHIP TRANSFORMATION BLUEPRINT to use.

 

Download now!


Picture yourself proud and confident to hit the “send” button on your next proposal instead of “hoping for the best,” and sign up for your FREE trial at PartnerGauge.com for more training, templates, and the most efficient and cost-effective sponsorship research tool ever.


Rachel Kubicki Collins

President / Founder

PartnerGauge.com


How To Hit Your 2020 Sponsorship Revenue Even If You’re Just Starting Today!
Rachel Kubicki Collins

Sixteen years ago, I helped create the partnership between LIVESTRONG and Nike that sold 80 million yellow bracelets, raised $250 million for cancer services and research, and branded LIVESTRONG as a global leader in the fight against cancer.


I think it’s fair to say that I aced that sponsorship. And I couldn’t be more thrilled to share what I learned with you.


LET ME SHOW YOU THE EXACT FORMULA WE USED TO CRAFT THE PITCH THAT SOLD NIKE AND PROPELLED LIVESTRONG’S FUNDING INTO THE MILLIONS.


Earlier this year, I launched PartnerGauge.com A one-click sponsorship research tool and on-demand sponsorship training. The lessons provide step-by-step instructions on how to start your sponsorship program. I share the exact formula I used to help the team at Livestrong —and hundreds of other nonprofit executives—win the big sponsorships and look like heroes at the next revenue and budget meeting.


The training is ON DEMAND, so you choose the date and time that works best for YOU. 


If you didn’t get the results you wanted from your last sponsorship proposal, please join me on PartnerGauge.com >>


You have nothing to lose—and so much to gain.


P.S. I’ve also included dozens of sponsorship templates from outreach emails and scripts to benefit delivery charts, agreements, and more! No more Google searches - find it all here at PartnerGauge.com!


Rachel Kubicki Collins

President / Founder

PartnerGauge.com



ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Rachel Kubicki Collins

PartnerGauge

CoFounder & President

With 20+ years as a nonprofit executive strategist, Rachel is bringing that sense of purpose to PartnerGauge with a focus on helping our client succeed.

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