If you’ve read Just F*ing Demo!, you know that many people’s greatest strength - a love and in depth knowledge of their product - can quickly tank their ability to give a concise, audience-focused demo.
Killer products are supposed to be empowering. They're supposed to turn little Mario into Giant Mario Tossing Fireballs:
Unfortunately, the ability to convey how awesome the user's life will be with your product can be subtly undermined when the strength / weakness paradox of product knowledge manifests itself in one two-letter word: “WE.”
Here’s an example, based on a recent product demo I’ve heard:
Demos with a lot of “WE’s” often result in a lot of “meh” from the audience. “I get it, it looks really cool, but it seems like a lot for us to take on.”
Now, take the example above, swap we for you, and use the bucket concept detailed in Just F*ing Demo!:
It’s a very simple change, but I’ve found it helps dramatically.
If people seem to be responding to your demos with concerns around usability, have a spotter listen in on your demo, and note every time the word “WE” is used when talking about your product. Go back, and replace with YOU, and note the results.
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