“Never tell me the odds.” That’s one of many of the popular lines from Han Solo of the Star Wars films. And it reveals a lot about his personality. The Millennium Falcon pilot is impulsive and spontaneous. Instead of sticking to the plan, he goes off the cuff to serve his best interest.
Han Solo is over confident, reckless and charming. Love him or hate him, he makes any situation exciting.
So, what would his presentation persona be? Based off the four quadrants which include Exploration, Sharing, Response and Durability, he would score as the Performer.
Here’s my break down.
Performers score in the mid- to low range in this quadrant because of their outgoing personality. This presentation persona knows that they can entertain an audience and naturally can steal the spotlight. This is why when it comes to preparing a presentation, they do not put much thought in to it. We see this quality in Han Solo. He immediately accepts the offer to help Obi Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker without contemplating the pros and cons. He’s only concerned with getting his payment for the service. If Han Solo had taken the time to investigate what he was signing himself up for, he would have saved himself a lot of trouble in the long run (but it would have made for a boring version of the film.)
This quadrant is the only high score for the Performer. Because this presentation persona is so comfortable on stage, the audience enjoys watching them. Performers have a lot of energy and can come up with jokes and stories to keep an audience interested. Han Solo also has a lot of energy when it comes to interacting with others. His actions are often brash and unexpected, but they keep the story exciting and interesting to the very end.
This presentation persona gets a mid- to low score in the quadrant as well. Based off of Han Solo’s action, people either love him or hate him. Because he acts before he thinks, he often causes trouble and disruption. Performers also don’t stop to see the after effect of their presentation. Once they are done with their speech, they forget to have a discussion with their audience. This can leave the audience feeling like their ideas or responses don’t matter, which can turn them off from watching you present again. If you score this presentation persona, consider taking some questions from your audience before you exit the building.
Does a Performer’s message stand the test of time? The answer is probably not and it has a lot to do with their focus on performing. This presentation persona does not put as much thought into their message as they should because they would rather entertain the audience instead. The Performer should ask themselves how to make their message stand out and more memorable. Han Solo is not well liked by the other characters in the Star Wars universe, in fact often times he has a bounty on him because of his wrongdoings. Since he doesn’t connect well with the other characters, they often don’t take what he has to say to heart.
“Look, I ain’t in this for your revolution, and I’m not in it for you, princess. I expect to be well paid. I’m in it for the money.”
Han Solo is a charismatic, fascinating and amusing character, which makes him a unique Performer.
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