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Monday, 21 November 2016 01:02

If you have to give a presentation, would you rather do it first or last?

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You have to give a presentation along with other people / groups. Would you rather be the first or last? What are the benefits of your decision?

The reason I ask this question is because I have to give a presentation about a technology project my team and I have worked on.


Unless your presentation is part of a contest i.e. where somebody is judging you, there is probably no tactical advantage to going first or last.

I would personally opt to go first. I would sooner get my presentation over and done with. It can be challenging and tiring watching other presentations, waiting for your turn to present. Your mind can easily wander and start focusing on factors that other presenters have done well and start second-guessing your upcoming presentation.

If your presentation is being evaluated or graded by a teacher or instructor as in a school project, I would want to present first while they are still refreshed. After evaluating several presentations, they may not be feeling too generous with the praise.

If your presentation is part of a trade fair of some sort and you actually have a choice when to present, I would want to know when the bulk of the people would be attending and aim for that time. Assuming that exposure to your presentation is your goal of course.

If your goal is just to get it over and done with, I would suggest volunteering to go first. It allows you to listen to the rest of the presentations with a clear mind.

Thanks for the question.

Rae Stonehouse

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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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