Leadership / Teaching / Training

The Joy of Presenting

Why I do what I do.

Mark McMillion
2 min readJul 6, 2023

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As a career Army officer for over 22 years and in talking, teaching, and training leadership for the past ten years, I’ve helped people learn and grow which allows them to make their organizations better. Those experiences enable me to present leadership in a host of settings and stories and across multiple domains. If you’ve spoken publicly, you know the difference between giving people information and telling them a story. When you say, “Let me tell you a story, . . .” the energy increases, the body language shifts, and people are suddenly way more interested than they were just looking at bullet points on a slide.

You tell the story that illustrates the bullets and tie the story to the learning points. Then you couple that with the presenter asking questions. When done skillfully, that leads the audience to ask questions and suddenly you have a give-and-take with everyone participating. That’s when the magic happens, the magic called learning.

In a one-on-one conversation while coaching or counseling, you can literally see the light go on in someone’s eyes when they get it. It’s a beautiful thing and the feeling I get from it is unlike any other.

That feeling and the satisfaction of enabling people to lift their organization to greater heights of performance and production are what drive me and make what I do so deeply, deeply satisfying.

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Mark McMillion

Retired Army officer with two tours in Baghdad, married with four kids. Proud West Virginian and West Point grad. Works available on Amazon.