During a recent trip to London (the home of some very special games this month and next), I had the pleasure of participating in what’s known as a Jack the Ripper walk.

At a designated spot overlooking the Tower of London, we met our affable Cockney guide, Pete. He was a character, our Pete, and he would have looked out of place in most boardrooms, training rooms and classrooms.

But the communication skills he demonstrated were exceptional. They could be emulated by anyone interested in delivering better presentations to any audience, in any venue, at any time. We can all learn a lot from our Pete.

Pete used statistics sparingly. After he gathered his flock (about 25 of us), he led us to our first stop—the remains of the old Roman wall that has traditionally divided London’s east-enders from the rest of the city. “In 1888, half the children born on the east side of this wall didn’t survive until their first birthday,” Pete told us. “It was said that, for every 100 yards you lived to the east, life expectancy dropped by a year.”

We got the picture, with neither slide nor graph in sight.

Pete told memorable stories well. To illustrate his love of history, he told us a story of traveling to Hadrian’s Wall as a school boy. (Hadrian’s Wall is the Roman wall that has traditionally separated England from Scotland.)

It was raining. It was cold. He was miserable.

He was walking along the wall when he came to a bit of Latin graffiti scratched into its side. He got out a piece of paper and his pencil, and rubbed the inscription so he could bring it to his Latin teacher.

When the Latin teacher read the inscription, he smiled and asked: “You didn’t enjoy yourself at Hadrian’s Wall, did you, Pete?”

“No, sir,” Pete replied.

“Apparently a man named Devinius wasn’t enjoying himself either.”

Pete clearly stated his outcomes up front. Within a minute or two of gathering us together, Pete told us he hoped we would gain two things. First, he wanted us to learn more about life in late 19-century London, the city of his birth, during the time of terror on the streets more than a century ago. Second, he wanted us to better understand why he’s so proud to call London his home.

Pete knew that pausing is important for him and us. Pete paused to think before he spoke. He chose his words carefully. Everything he said had value.

Pete paused after he spoke. This allowed us to think about what he’d just said. He didn’t try to overload us with information. Instead, he created a presentation that was two-way and receiver-driven, and adhered to the principle of “less is more.”

Pete used visuals sparingly, and well. When he brought us to a new location, he would introduce it and give us time to look at it. “This is not where one of the murders happened,” he told us in one case. “But if we went there now, you’d all be disappointed because it’s a parking lot. This is what London would have looked like in Jack’s time.”

He would pause to allow us to let our imaginations work. When we focused on him again, he continued his presentation.

During his one-and-one-half hour presentation, he showed half a dozen pictures from his smartphone for emphasis. But again, he would tell us what we were going to see, then showed it. When he showed the picture, he moved the phone from person to person around the group, letting us absorb it. During those times, he never said a word, unless someone asked him a question.

When he finished showing the visual, he removed it from view and carried on.

Pete answered questions clearly and concisely. While he was always polite, he kept his answers short. This enabled many of us to ask a lot of questions. We learned from each other’s curiosity and insights, which only added to the educational experience for everyone.

So if you’re in London for the upcoming games (or any other time, for that matter), look up “our Pete” and join him on his walk.

For the price of a movie ticket and soda, you won’t solve the mystery of Jack on those fateful nights between August and November, 1888. However, you’ll be exposed to parts of London that most people don’t see. You’ll also begin to share Pete’s love for his city.

And, if you watch our Pete work, you’ll gain insight into communicating effectively from an unlikely but effective source.