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Principles of Powerful Presentations

posted Oct 19, 2009, 8:24 PM by Rob Pollock   [ updated Nov 18, 2011, 8:22 PM ]

  1. People are overwhelmed with information.
  2. People have short attention and retention spans.
  3. Skillful presenting is not the same as public speaking. Both the approach and the response are different.
    - Presenting is audience-oriented
    - Public speaking is speaker-oriented
  4. The purpose of every presentation is to persuade.
  5. It is more important for the audience to understand the message. It is not an opportunity for the presenter to impress.
  6. Every presentation must satisfy four criteria:
    - attention getting
    - meaningful
    - memorable
    - activating

A few quick tips

posted Oct 15, 2009, 4:00 PM by Rob Pollock   [ updated Nov 18, 2011, 8:37 PM ]

Introducing You
  1. This is your opening act - keep it short and to the point.
  2. Who are you and what makes you an authority on the subject?
Know your Audience
  1. What's in it for them?
  2. What do they need to know about your topic?
Preparation for Success
  1. What is the purpose of the presentation?
  2. Write your ending first.
  3. Create an outline of important points.
Building Your Presentation
  1. Opening: Grab their attention in the first minute. Tell them your key "take away" points.
  2. Body: Limit it to three main topics.
  3. Close: Summarize briefly what you just told them.

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