Episode 002 — Use a Timer and Prepare

This Week’s Tip: Use a Timer

 

Most presentations have a time limit, and exceeding that time limit is rude and ineffective. Finishing to soon can present other risks. While speaking or presenting, though, our internal clock is unreliable. Use a timer of some sort.

 

Post Tip Discussion

 

Preparation is the key to success in conducting a presentation. There are a lot of models for this, and I like to use this approach.

 

Stage 1: Early Development

 

In this stage, you determine your point, figure out what you know, identify the other resources you need to consult, learn about your audience, and confirm the logistics and timing of your presentation.

 

Stage 2: Building Your Content

 

Consolidate your material and make sure it still supports your goal and main point.

 

A sample outline will include:

  1. Theme
  2. Introduction
  3. Call to Action
  4. Main Point 1
    1. Details
    2. Examples
    3. Demos
    4. Supporting information
  5. Main Point 2
    1. Details
    2. Examples
    3. Demos
    4. Supporting information
  6. Main Point 3, etc.
  7. Conclusion and Summary

 

Confirm again that your content is the right content.

 

Now, you can start building your slides.

 

Stage 3: Practice

 

Rehearse your presentation many times so there are no surprises when it’s time to do it for real.

 

How do you prepare for a presentation? Let us know below. You can add your tips or questions here or call the listener line at 650-TalkTip (650-825-5847).

 

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