Daily Archives: May 1, 2011

Mike Sisco attacked by alligator

Did the headline get your attention?

No, I wasn’t really attacked by an alligator, but I wanted to have some fun with this post, , , and also bring to your attention of the need in using an “attention getter” when making a presentation.

Your first sentence and first two minutes have to get your audience’s attention. If you don’t get it, your presentation is likely to fall flat.

One of the things I do in my IT Manager Institute is to tell my students, “You have the toughest management job in your company!”

And then I explain why, , , which leads me up to the processes and tools to help them overcome these obstacles that face an IT manager.

Back to the “alligator attack”, , ,

Last week I was doing some yard work at our Camp Liberty on the Buffalo River, , , nothing major, just some cleanup and doing a few things I’ve been meaning to do for some time.

In one of the landscape islands is a small concrete alligator, , , one of those decorative pieces people put in their yard. Dorine was out taking photos of my Uncle Bob and me working so I thought I would have some fun. Here is the photo she got.

Nice tennis shoes

To take it a step further, I decided to make a newspaper article about it and this is what I came up with.

Click on the image and you can read the story

Sometimes you actually need to use a bizarre or shocking headline to get your audience’s attention. When you do, be sure to give them something valuable to keep their attention.