Presenting a Battle Plan to the Pentagon

When presenting a battle plan to the Pentagon the presenter must understand that the Pentagon has some of the most advanced war planners in the history of mankind. Most of these Pentagon war planners have read nearly every book written on military history and battle tactics.

Most of these war planners have not only been in combat in the heat of battle when chaos and controversy rule the day, but they have also beaten their opponents and enemies whether they were actual or war game simulated enemies.

Therefore it behooves the presenter to have their facts straight and be able to have contingencies for hundreds if not thousands of what if type questions. The presenter of a battle plan to the Pentagon must also know their facts and not simply rely on the old CIA data for the region or country where the future battle might take place. Real Intel is paramount and Internet based information is as good as hearsay.

And when presenting a battle plan to the Pentagon the presenter must have high self-esteem and talk with authority and have lived enough days to have experienced the reality of life and traveled enough to know what they’re talking about. Some of these old generals, commanders and admirals did not fall off a turnip truck and you can expect some of their IQs to be in the neighborhood of 150 plus.

When presenting a battle plan to the Pentagon the presenter must understand the new paradigm of war in the net centric battle space, as well as being versed in guerrilla warfare tactics of Colonel Boyd and the lessons learned in Iraq. Please consider this in 2006 when presenting your battle plans to United States Pentagon.

Presentations – Delivering a Better Presentation – Seeing the Point

A client, Bill, recently came to me to help him sort out a problem he was having with his presentations not being understood by the audience. Bill is a highly respected executive manager for a large international finance organisation here in Belgium, and he has many presentations to give, so this was a serious problem and he was very concerned about the situation. In fact it was his boss that had pointed out the problem to Bill in the first place. Bill knows exactly what the message is he wants to get over in his presentations, but his audience was ending up confused because he spoke too quickly.

Some Cutting Remarks

Making a presentation is about delivering a clear, coherent, concise message to the audience. Its about communicating. Its a bit like laser eye surgery! The laser in eye surgery is an incredibly precise cutting instrument. Its purpose is to make incredibly fine, accurate and precise cuts in the eye in order to alleviate or remove impediments to clear vision.

When a laser beam is focused, it cuts precisely, neatly and cleanly. It does this because the beam of light it sends out is coherent, its all going in the same direction at the same time. If the beam is not focused, it does not cut, it simply acts more like a torch and illuminates an area of the eye. The unfocused light beam is said to be incoherent when it is in this unfocused state, the beam is not tight, it is scattered.

After talking a while with Bill about the problem it soon became apparent that speaking quickly was just a symptom of a deeper issue. It turned out that Bill was not really ‘focused’ on the presentation. His focus was scattered, he was so keyed up he kept looking forwards to what were going to be the expected outcomes of the presentation during the presentation. So just like the incoherent laser, Bill, illuminated a great deal of what was being presented, but failed to make the precise, accurate cuts that a coherent presentation would have made. In other words Bill’s incoherent presentation was coming from the simple fact that he was not 100% ‘present’ to the delivery of the presentation, he was, at least partly, in the future somewhere with a bunch of expected outcomes.

Not being 100% present to the presentation came through as the sped up delivery and the audience picked this up. If you’re not ’100% present’ to deliver the presentation why should your audience be there?

Being Present – By being 100% present to what you are doing, you become more authentic, genuine about the thing you are engaged in doing, in this case delivering a presentation. There is a very simple but powerful technique that I use in order to develop this ability, its called conscious breathing, and here’s how to do it.

  1. To start with you’ll need a quiet place where you will be undisturbed for 4-5 minutes. When you are there and sitting or lying comfortably then;
  2. Close your eyes and simply focus your attention on the physical sensation of your breathing. Allow your self to become 100% focused and aware of the cool air moving into your body on the in-breath and the warmer air moving out of the body on the out-breath.
  3. Do this for 4-5 minutes.

Its OK if you go off focus from your breathing. As soon as you’re aware that you are off focus, just gently bring your attention back to the sensation of your breathing.

You may find that your breathing wants to speed up or slow down, become deeper or shallower, that’s all OK, just let the breathing do what it wants to do, try not to control it at all. Similarly the body too may want to relax, so just let it. All you have to do is stay as focused and aware as you can of the physical sensation of your breathing.

This is a great technique to do regularly. I suggest that you do this for example just after waking up in the morning and just before going to sleep at night. Of course you can do this where ever and as often as you want, in fact the more you practise this simple technique, the more you will find yourself doing it automatically during the day.

Of course, take a few minutes to do this before a presentation, and then notice the difference in your delivery.

Bill practised twice a day for a week and started to see some real positive benefits from the technique. His presentations are now being delivered at a normal, slower and more relaxed pace. This in turn is being felt by his audience who are relaxed by his calm approach and equally engaged with Bill’s material and presentation skill. His audience is now starting to see the point Bill wants them to see.

Two or three weeks into the using this technique Bill told me of other changes that the technique had allowed him to make, most significantly is his calmer, more mindful approach to his work, colleagues and his family. He is getting feedback from his colleagues and most importantly his boss about how much better things are, and Bill attributes this to the conscious breathing technique.

The Point

Breathing this way actually brings us incredibly close to the present moment. Our breathing is a very intimate, here and now process that we have been doing, largely unconsciously, since we were born.

Being in or close to the present moment makes us more like the coherent laser beam, we can simply be with what is, rather than de-focusing to the future or past. When we are present to what we are doing, we do it with greater clarity, presence, authenticity and mindfulness. So breathe yourself to clearer, sharper, authentic, coherent presentations and be open to the other benefits that this technique will bring you.

Buying Christmas Presents for Your Old Parents

You love your parents too much. In fact you are possessive about them. Now that you have your own family with kids to look after, you get very little time with your parents. In you heart of hearts, you know how much your parents have done all their life to raise you and make you what you are today. Now that you are in a position to do something for them, you wish to shower all your love upon them. Christmas is fast approaching, and you have been looking for Christmas presents to make them happy. Though the market is full of Christmas gifts for people of all tastes and ages, you want your Christmas gifts to be unique. If you are still grappling to find suitable items, here are some unusual activities that provide a lot of thrill and will make your parents very happy on the day of Christmas.


Skydiving is a sporting activity that has become very popular over the last few years and those who have undertaken it describe it as one that provides ultimate thrill and excitement. The name skydiving says it all. It involves going up in the skies aboard an airplane and then jumping from it and experiencing the free fall where a person falls under his own weight like a stone. This free fall, that lasts for under a minute is all that skydiving is all about. Just imagine yourself jumping out of an airplane from a height of 10000 feet or more with a parachute strapped on your back. There is an instructor who jumps alongside you and after the free fall, when you are about 5000 feet above the ground opens the parachute making you start to float in air. You begin a slow descent down to the ground and this is when you get to see the natural beauty of the things on the ground from such a great height.

Skydiving is an absolutely safe activity that your parents will enjoy very much. Just buy the gift vouchers for the two of them and give to them on the occasion of Christmas.

Whale Watching

There are places in some countries where they have the facility to arrange tours for people and let them see Whales from close quarters. Known as whale watching, this is a recreational activity that has become extremely popular in the last few years. Whale is the largest mammal in the world and people see it in National Geographic Channel’s TV programs only. Sydney Harbor is one place where these giant creatures come during their migration that they undertake once every year. If you are lucky, you can even see these wonderful creatures mating. You can buy gift vouchers for your parents and they will undertake a voyage on fast moving boats that will take them very close to these whales. This is a once in a lifetime experience that is full of a lot of thrill and excitement. Use these gift vouchers to give them a whale of a time this Christmas.