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Presentations

I and mine convince not by argument, smile and rhyme — we convince by our presence.
WALT WHITMAN

Opportunities to make presentations are increasing in number. Even if you are not in management, you could be called upon to make a presentation as part of a task force that is recommending a change, a work team that is reporting its results to management, or your own desire to sell a significant new idea. This section will show you how to get ready for a presentation and how to conduct it with maximum impact.

1. Before your presentation, you should:

2. On the day of the presentation, you should:

3. During your presentation, you should:

AFTER THE PRESENTATION

Use this list to evaluate how well you did. It will help you identify areas to improve on next time. You should be able to answer "YES" to all the questions.

 
YES    NO
  • Thank your audience for attending?

  • Distribute and follow an agenda?

  • Get everyone's agreement on the length of the meeting?

  • Introduce the benefits of your proposal at the beginning?

  • Keep it short and simple?

  • Avoid dwelling on details?

  • Project confidence?

  • Vary your visual aids?

  • Speak without using notes?

  • Use a deliberate tone of voice?

  • Move around the room?

  • Keep eye contact with listeners?

  • Thank everyone who helped?

  • Focus on the positive?

  • Finish on schedule?

  • Request support?

  • Involve your whole team?

  • End with a summary?

 

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