Ten Steps to a Great Presentation

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Haunted by the sceptre of a looming business presentation? Follow these ten simple steps to create compelling presentations every time.

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  • Where will you be presenting?How much time do you have?How many people?
  • What are they like and why are they here?What is their level of knowledge?What’s in it for them?What do you want them to do and how might they resist?
  • Succinct (one or two sentences)Actionable (define the outcome, not the process)Achievable (in the time you have)Measurable
  • This is what will take your audience from A to BBrainstorm with sticky-notesResearch, facts, figures, data, examples, anecdotes, analogies, demonstrations
  • Filter the ideas that will best achieve your objectiveAppeal to the head and the heartChoose an appropriate three step patternCategorical, Numerical, Historical, Sales, Chronological, Problem/Solution
  • Motivate your audience to listen to you. Statistic, anecdote, rhetorical question, demo, quoteLink close to openingCall the audience to actionPlace close after Q&A session
  • As little as possible, as much as necessaryCreate slides that reinforce your message, not repeat itHighlight meaningHandouts are differentBullets killUse quality images
  • Ensure you verbalise your presentation. Aim for three timesPractise in an environment similar to where you’ll be presenting
  • Streamline your presentation as necessaryEnsure you have effective summaries and linking statementsFinalise your notes or cards
  • For high stakes presentationsRole play potential questions
  • Ten Steps to a Great Presentation

    1. 1. A Pathway to Prezos Ten simple steps to preparing a great presentation
    2. 2. 1. Define your playing field
    3. 3. 2. Analyse your audience (point A)
    4. 4. 3. Set a clear objective(point B)
    5. 5. 4. Generate ideas
    6. 6. 5. Organise your content
    7. 7. 6. Create your opening and your close
    8. 8. 7. Create VisualAids
    9. 9. 8. Practice out loud
    10. 10. necessary adjustments 9. Make
    11. 11. 10. Final Practice to internal audience
    12. 12. Contact Speakeasy Presentation Training: russell@speakeasy.co.nz www.nz.linkedin.com/in/russellpickering

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