Hi guys and gals!
It’s the last few days of 2008 and you might be formulating your New Year’s resolutions for 2009. Here’s what I suggest for your presentations (it’s only one):
Resolve in 2009 that you will PRACTICE your presentations at least TWICE before delivering them.
I firmly believe that the reason people stink at giving presentations is because they do not practice enough. It shows up in the “ums” and “ahs,” in the rushed pace of a presentation, and in the reading of text on slides. In 2009, don’t be one of those people who give stinky presentations–be a superstar and practice!
Now by “practice” I mean really and truly pretending you are in front of your audience and delivering your presentation. Keeping this resolution means that you’ll have to complete your script and your slides with enough time to practice — try to shoot for a week beforehand. Practice one day and identify anything that needs to be fixed (typo on slide, pacing of a section, etc.). Rest a day, then fix the problems and repeat your practice. The more you have rehearsed your content, the more professional and confident you will seem to your audience.
All the best for a successful 2009!