Presentation perfection can be attained if you are willing to put in the necessary time and effort.
The first key to a great presentation is preparation. Start early. The more time you allow yourself to think through your talk, the longer you’ll have to refine it.
The second key is becoming thoroughly familiar with your topic. The more you know about it, the more you’ll be ready to field questions or make intelligent asides when you’re on the spot.
Sprinkling humor throughout your talk will make the presentation more enjoyable for both you and your audience. Find an opener that will warm up your audience and grab their attention. Add appropriate jokes or anecdotes to illustrate points and hold the group’s focus. Also, keep in mind the old adage, “Tell them what you’re going to tell them, tell them, then tell them what you told them.”
Make it a point to double and triple check your visual aids to ensure that they are accurate and appealing.
Finally, be ready to punt. Don’t be so locked in to your script on the big day that you can’t roll with the punches. Be ready to shorten or lengthen your talk, should circumstances change as the meeting progresses.
By doing the hard work ahead of time, you can relax, be real and actually have some fun as you make your presentation.
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