Dos and Don’ts of Presentation


Dos
 Lots of background research. Even if the information is not used in the presentation, it is useful to have as much knowledge as possible for the discussion and audience questions. It will assist your confidence too.
 Be organized – prepare in plenty of time.
 Structure your presentation.
 Focus on the question set.
 Obtain material from a wide range of sources.
 Practice your presentation.
 Use note cards.
 Speak clearly.

Don’ts
 Leave research and preparation until the last minute.
 Rely on one source of information.
 Make it up.
 Just hope that it will come together on the day without preparation and practice.
 Have no notes to rely on if you get stuck.
 Worry too much it’s not as bad as it seems.
 Mumble.
 Read from script.
 Rush the presentation by speaking too fast.
 Make eye contact with your audience.

Research indicates that we tend to base our judgment of other people on three main characteristics:
Verbal content: 7%
Vocal Interests: 38%
Body Language: 55%

This shows that more than 90% of your public image depends of how you look and sound than the content that you deliver.

There is no mystery about making a good presentation
 It is all about finding out how to do it right.
 It is a skill, and like any other skill it can be learnt.
 It is a skill, which can be mastered with little time and effort.
 The most brilliant speech will ultimately depend for its success on presentation style of the speaker. And not on the contents of the speech itself.

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