Best Practices in Making Presentations

Here are just a few bullet items to think about when presenting:

  • Practice… Practice … Practice —– live audience or before a video camera
  • Speakers commandment #1 – don’t be boring
  • Smile as much as appropriate
  • Always arrive early — make sure everything works
  • Never go over the time you’ve been allotted
  • Always build pauses in your presentations – people need time to absorb your main points
  • Always pause after laughter
  • Follow the AT&T rule for humor: It needs to be appropriate, timely and tasteful
  • Use relevant stories – this is what people will remember
  • Have a strong opening and a strong closing
  • Always use your own style
  • The best speakers are having a conversation with their audience
  • Exaggerate your body language and expressions
  • Watch your language —- This is one time to be politically correct
  • Be careful talking about sex, politics and religion
  • Be enthusiastic – People are more convinced by your energy, enthusiasm and conviction than by anything else.
  • Every 5 minutes have a story, anecdote, example, exercise or question
  • Be sensitive to the audience’s wants and needs — Observe body language and words
  • Make sure your appearance is appropriate for the group
  • Don’t let negative or critical feedback pull you down. Remember, it’s not personal
  • Always repeat the question and look at everyone when answering
  • Tell people to take out their cell phones during your presentation and twitter ideas, thoughts and best practices
  • Use new material. Keep up to date with the news, relevant stories, etc.
  • Be prepared if things don’t work. If projector is not working, keep going without it. People are ready and this is not the time to delay.
  • Keep up your enthusiasm. If you are not enthusiastic, no one else will be. People are more convinced by you energy, conviction and enthusiasm than anything else you do.
  • Make sure all presentations have a combination of interactivity, fun and content.

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