In this podcast episode, Jim James interviews Ed West, the head of Fox-West, a communications consulting firm, who helps large corporations communicate and persuade. Ed shares tips on how to prepare for investor presentations, reduce the use of jargon, and simplify the message. He suggests using the simple message house tool and the “James Bond Start” to grab the audience’s attention. Ed also advises to use analogies and stories to bring statistics to life and avoid overly intricate slides. To make the message accessible, he recommends using the Flesch-Kincaid test to assess sentence and word length and to present informally, like having a conversation with a friend in a pub. Finally, Ed emphasises the need to be yourself and show your personality without making it all about yourself.
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