3 Presentation Tips From The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem

Rob LynchUncategorized

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

When I was a kid, my father had a vinyl record of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem Live at Carnegie Hall.

It’s my go-to St. Patrick’s Day album. All of the songs are great, but one is my personal favorite – The Children’s Medley.

I love the Children’s Medley because of the stories. 

Great songs tell stories. Great songs make us feel something. Great songs bring us together.

Same goes for great presentations.

Here are some presentation tips from The Clancy Brother’s and Tommy Makem.

Keep it succinct

The Clancy Brothers set up the song. They sing the song. Then they move on to the next song. There is no fat. Same goes for your presentation. Strive for economy. Set up your key point. Tell the story in the least amount of words with the most amount of impact. Move on to the next key point.

Vary the pace and pitch.

Some songs are short. Others are long. Some are fast. Some are slow. Some are bookended by stories. Some songs are loud. Some are soft. For your presentation, look for opportunities to change it up to keep your audience engaged.

Callback your main point

Up the long ladder and down the short rope, to hell with King Billy and God bless the pope, if that doesn’t do, we’ll tear him in two and send him to hell with the red, white and blue. Tell them what you’re going to tell them, tell them, tell them what you told them.
Perhaps the greatest lesson in the Children’s Medley though is the songs and stories feel uplifting despite some dark subject matter, including war.

This pandemic will pass. We will get through it. And we will come back together and tell stories and sing songs.

Because that’s what we do.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Be Brilliant!