Preparing a Presentation

Preparing a Presentation

In writing a speech, you have only two objectives …

  1. Making a good impression and,
  2. Leaving your audience with two or three takeaways.

The rest is just entertainment.

Remember: your presentation is NOT what you put on screen – it is what you say and how you say it!

How can you ensure you make these crucial objectives?

Consider:

What is the reason for the presentation?
What is the intended outcome?
Who is the audience?
What style are you going to use?
Write the words!

  • What is the opening statement?
  • What are the key messages – no more than 3!
  • How will you close?

Practice out loud!

  • Pace!
  • Timing!
  • Projection!

Consider visual support material:

  • Do you need PowerPoint slides, handouts, props?
    • Note: the slides are support material – they are NOT the presentation

Create your visual support material!

  • Consider:
    • If using slides, who will change them?
    • If someone else manages the slides you are free to ‘present’
    • Handouts?

Practice again

  • Out loud – to an audience
  • With visuals, if being used.
  • Do NOT look at your slides – do not turn your back on your audience!
  • Do NOT read your slides – it makes you look unprepared!

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