The sculpture is made of 50 steel columns whose arrangement appears random from most angles. However, about 115 feet in front of the sculpture, the columns align to form an image of Mandela’s face.
The sculpture was created by South African artist Marco Cianfanelli.
How does this have any relevance to effective presentations?
So often when a speaker is presenting complex facts and charts, he can get lost in all the statistics and details. A presenter should be able to tie the pieces together in an elegant manner so that the central message comes into view and is revealed.
Don’t leave the audience to wonder “what is this all about?”
Here are a few pointers that will help:
- Identify your objective – keep it in sight throughout the presentation
- Link your key points – keep them lean and clear
- Emphasis the main ideas -use your voice and intonation
- Use transitional phrases to connect the dots -take them by the hand and guide them through the presentation
- Build your theses idea – add momentum and commitment
- Pause – for emphasis -before an important phrase or point
- Craft your presentation so that the essence of your message is clear – keep the central idea in mind
At a strategic moment in a presentation you want to make sure that the audience “gets it” and is captivated by a central theme.
“Standing at a particular point the columns come into focus and the image is revealed”.
Just as with the Mandela sculpture, you want to lead the audience around the corner and reveal to them the full picture.
It’s a powerful feeling when that happens: When you know you’ve connected and delivered something worthwhile.
Unique sculpture at Mandela Capture Site: