Do Presentations like a Tap Dance

May 15, 2023
Executive Coaching

My wife is a tap dancer. It goes beyond taking classes to learn various tap dances. Her favorite thing to do is to perform. She belongs to a group called ReCreation Tappers, a group of women in Southwest Florida who not only constantly practice tap dancing, but also perform in the area.


As I watch them do what they do and watch my wife perfect the numbers she’s working on, I noticed that it is not just about the steps in the dance, but it’s about what you do with your hands, how you express yourself and making it a look like you are having fun.


This is similar to doing a presentation. I can never understand why people do presentations and like to “wing it” instead of perfect it.


Like tap dancing, you should learn the steps(or perfect how you say what you will say) so that your audience will clearly understand what you are trying to do.


Also, if you don’t smile and look like you are having fun, your audience will struggle with what you’re saying. After all, they take their cues from you.


Finally, what are your hands doing? Have you practiced your gestures so that you are creating a great experience for your audience members?


When we do presentations we are trying to persuade people. Why not be like a tap dancer when you do it?


         —Know every step perfectly

         —Be ready to improvise if you must

         —Smile so people can smile with you (instead of wondering why you don’t smile)

         —Make sure your voice projects clearly, like the sound of a tap dancer’s tap

         —Get ready to take a bow when they clap, having enjoyed your presentation.

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Dan Chiodo

Passion. Charisma. Results. It’s those values and a desire to see others achieve them for themselves that led Dan to found iMPACT Training & Development, a firm which offers training to guide individuals into a higher level of performance through executive coaching, motivational speaking, staff training and organizational development.


As a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach, Dan teaches courses in leadership development, communication, sales, customer service and time management, with a focus on hands-on learning strategies.


Dan’s experience and interest in time management led to writing his book PerfectTIMING which is available on his website, as well as, Barnes & Noble and other books stores.


Dan also serves as the Senior Associate to Dr. Bill Wallisch, founder of MAIN Point, which is a communications firm that specializes in strategic communication skills for organizations worldwide. Clients include astronauts and cosmonauts of NASA, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, General Mills and the White House. MAINPoint also prepares well-known personalities for appearances on national television programs, such as Today, Nightline, Good Morning America and Meet the Press.


Dan spent a great part of his career in the communications field, having served more than ten years as the President & Publisher of the Joplin (MO) Globe, which is one of the largest newspapers in Community Newspaper Holding’s (CNHI) groups of newspapers in the U.S.

Prior to that, Dan held several management positions with Ottaway Newspapers, the community newspaper division of Dow Jones, Inc. He has also worked at communications companies in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri.


Dan graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also attended the American Press Institute, Reston, Va., the management studies program at Kellogg University, Chicago, Ill., and Leaderpoint Management Development Institute, Overland Park, Ks. He also taught at the Bloomsburg Journalism Institute, Bloomsburg, Penn., and at Ashland Community College, Ashland, Ky. Dan was an instructor for the Xerox Professional Selling Skills program and administrated it for several Ottaway newspapers.


Dan’s assignments have taken him to countries such as Mexico, Panama, Australia, the UK and Dubai. He has also taught in the U.S. for companies such as General Mills, Nestle, Medtronic, Knutson Construction, the State of Missouri and Freeman Health System hospitals.


Dan is also on the John Maxwell Team of instructors and coaches, working with John to offer his courses throughout the country.

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