Of course there are - read on to find out why watching this popular entertainment could help you win your next contract tender.
Apart from the obvious one about the levels of skill and experience, one major difference is how they respond to mistakes. I heard this summed up by judge Len Goodman recently. When the amateurs miss a step it tends to be obvious and can wreck the whole performance. Professionals sometimes make a small error but they recover so quickly that an untrained eye never notices it.
So the lesson here is when you make a small slip in your presentation or perhaps forget a bit of the script, don't panic. Maintain your composure and carry on with the performance. In all probability the audience won't know that you didn't say something quite the way you intended. Maintain the flow and continue to build the impression of being in control. You certainly don't want to do anything that draws more attention to the fact that something went wrong.
The overall impression and confidence you display will more than compensate for any small slips or errors.
Step 2 - Understand how people get better at dancing
Everyone in the competition starts with a different level of natural ability - and everyone gets better. For some the progress is outstanding going from somebody who is convinced they can't dance to becoming a serious contender. Sometimes you don't realise what you can do until you give it a try.
Rehearsal obviously helps. But the dances are different every week, so learning the steps for the tango might not have a direct impact on the foxtrot. But as well as learning the individual steps the amateur dancers are also learning fundamental skills like keeping time, posture and personality projection. These help, for all dances.
So much of effective presentation skills coaching is about developing basic skills that can be applied in a variety of situations. And timing, posture and projecting a personality are definitely things that we teach.
Step 3 - It's not just about the technicalities
People like to see proficiency and dances performed well. But as John Sergeant will testify from a few years ago they also respond to personality and passion. Perfect steps danced like a robot would not be a winning formula, but a bit of personality and looking like you're enjoying yourself can get you a long way.
So, in your presentations, always put something of yourself into it. Show your audience that you believe in what you are doing, enjoying the experience, and not just reading from a script.
Step 4 - You can't do it on your own
The biggest reason that all of the celebrities become better performers is because they have an expert coach on hand, working with them and showing them how they can improve. How much better do you think they would get performing in front of a mirror or to people who didn't have the expertise to deliver appropriate and useful guidance?
I'll leave you to ponder the relevance of the last point, and whether you need a '7' or a '10' performance to secure your next contract.
I can't improve your dancing but if you'd like to approach presentations and formal tenders like a professional I'd love to hear from you.
Call 01963 240555 or email hugh@the bidcoach.co.uk