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Thursday, 15 December 2016 03:49

When delivering a presentation, what challenges do you encounter most frequently?

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If doesnt challenge you TI graphicI’m going to amend this question to ‘When delivering presentations, what challenges do you encounter most frequently?

Whether I’m giving a presentation at my Toastmasters club, or out in the public, I find that there are a lot of logistics that are challenging.

Audience: I have to make sure I know the makeup of my audience. It can be challenging to find out during your presentation that you thought your audience was composed of one characteristic, only to find that they were another. Changing content in mid presentation is a challenge.

Handouts: You have to make sure that you have enough for your audience as well as some extras just in case. I’m a big fan of covering the ‘just in case’ scenario. You also have to decide how much to put on your handouts. Should you put every point on them? Should you make it like a worksheet where they have to fill in the blanks. Or should you give them a copy of your slides? While some would argue that you should give them a copy of your slides, I’m against it. If they have your slides … they don’t need you.

Then you have to decide when to pass out your handouts. Should you do at the beginning of your presentation or as you bring up an individual point that the handout is required for?

Audio-visual: I’ve had challenges with getting my laptop to work with data projectors. I have updated my laptop and it works with my data projector. When doing a presentation for a group, not of my own organizing, if they have the equipment I will bring my presentation on a USB drive. If I’m not too sure about the reliability of the event organizer’s equipment, I will bring my own as a backup.

Knowledge level of audience: You have to be prepared for audience members that may know more about the subject than you do as well as those that know almost nothing. It can be challenging to deliver content that meets the needs of both groups.

If I think of anymore I will add to my comments.

Thanks for your question.


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Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

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