Good Presentations Do Not Just Happen.
They are created.
Do you have:
1. A Clear Message?
Are you clear on what you want your audience to know and do when you are through speaking?
2. Good Visuals?
Visual aids should be interesting, clear, and to the point. Audiences often miss the message when visual aids (PowerPoint in particular) are poorly designed.
3. Knowledge Of The Audience?
Research the group before you arrive. Take time to meet individuals before you speak. During the talk, pay attention to the energy of the audience.
4. Adequate Preparation Time?
Preparation is critical to deliver a credible and moving presentation. Create an outline and good visuals, practice, and know how to use your equipment. The first time you deliver your talk should never be the first time you deliver it in front of an audience.
5. Plans To Making Your Audience Comfortable?
If your audience is uncomfortable in their chairs, hungry, thirsty, in need of a break, or in a room with poor temperature control, they will have a difficult time paying attention.
6. A Room Set Up To Meet Your Needs?
The arrangement of seats, tables, lectern, and the screen in relationship to the windows and doors, will affect the audience’s ability to get the most from your talk.
7. Appropriate Methods Of Presenting Yourself?
The audience will judge you on your dress, choice of words, and level of organization. Watch your use of “French”, jargon, and technical terms. Speak in a manner the audience can understand and follow.
8. A Contingency Plan?
The audience will expect, and is entitled to, a great performance. What will you do if your computer crashes, the room is inadequate, or you forget something?
9. An Evaluation System In Place?
Check your success based on the goals you set in step 1. Revise your presentation to improve your presentation skills.
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