Sometimes, I think we go wrong with our presentations because we don’t take just a few minutes to jot down the basic details and think through what our “goals” for the audience might be.
If you know your key points at the start of your preparation process, then you can use those to help you stay focused from script writing to slide design to the Q&A at the end of your talk.
Take a look at the Presentation Basics worksheet. You can type in your information on the form itself, or print a copy to write on. Feel free to share it if you find it useful, and I’d like to hear your feedback on it.
Peace and Good Presentations!
In addition to making sure your fly is zipped or the top button on your blouse is securely fastened, it’s a good idea to check all of your technology a few minutes before you’re scheduled to begin your presentation. This includes (but is not limited to):
- Screensaver: Turn it off. Same goes for any kind of power management software (ex. one that turns off the monitor after X minutes of inactivity)
- Pop-up notifications (email, other stuff): Turn them off. While we’re all glad you’ve been notified of the sale on electronics at Amazon.com, keep that to yourself, please.
- Run through your slides to be sure they’re fine and to make sure all your animations work well.
- Check the volume on your speakers or computer, especially if you have sound.
Take the time BEFORE your presentation to make sure everything’s working. Fiddling with recalcitrant technology in the middle of a presentation will destroy your credibility and completely derail your audience’s attention.
And have a backup plan in case something truly disastrous goes wrong…
I’ve created a presentation worksheet for you to use to help you capture all the logistical details (date, time, audience, etc.) of your presentation and to help you focus on the goal of your presentation.
Try it out, see if you like it, and let me know if it works for you (or if you have suggestions for improving it).
It wasn’t so much the content of the post (“Globalization of Information”) as it was the first paragraph of it that caught the eye of a colleague who forwarded it along to me (thanks, NB!).
Globalization of Information
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