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Monday, 21 November 2016 01:53

How do I prepare for my presentation?

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Be the ExpertYour question is a little short on details. The type of presentation that you will be delivering may require different preparation.

I’ve prepared two different, two-hour presentations, for two completely different audiences in the past week. They shared common logistics: [not in any order of preference, just the way I thought of them!]

· Research the topic

· Create a Powerpoint presentation

· Use more graphics than text on your slides. [If your audience can read it, they don’t need you]

· Create speaker’s notes

· Create questions & answers

· Create FAQs

· Create audience hand-outs

· Determine if any other audio-visuals are needed.

· Are any props needed if there is a demonstration involved?

· Practice, practice, practice [of course!]

· Check audio visual equipment to ensure it works. E.g. Data projector, laptop, microphone, speakers

· Collect miscellaneous paraphernalia e.g. scotch tape, duct tape, blank paper, pens etc.

· Clothing i.e. what will you be wearing?

· Water?

· Determine the size of your audience

· Will you be introduced or will you have to fit your self-introduction into your opening comments?

· Do you need to write an introduction for someone else to read?

· How long do you have for your presentation?

· Will there be some speaking before and/or after you? [this can impact your equipment set-up time.]

· Do you have a remote control to advance your slides?

I’m sure there is a lot more that I do subconsciously. Thanks for your question and good luck with your presentation!

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