Ethan Rotman

Add Sheen to Your Presentation

In Attracting New Clients, Confidence/Nervousness, Credibility, Delivery on December 1, 2009 at 12:55 pm

The devil is in details and in speaking, there are many tiny details that can add to or detract from your presentation. Taking time to address the little things will help you feel like you are giving a stronger presentation and will increase your credibility.

Prepare your talk
Develop a strong outline with one central message
Build visual aids that work to support your theme
Know how to use your audio-visual equipment

Use a host
Provide them with a bio that highlights your qualifications to give the talk
Train them to operate any equipment or turn on/off the lights
Call on them to handle any problems that arise

Prepare your body for your presentation

Exercise (a good walk will give you oxygen and help clear your head) prior to your talk
Be mindful of what you eat: avoid caffeine, sugar, alcohol, or spicy foods
Visit the restroom before your talk

Nothing prepares you like preparation
Practice, practice, practice – and then practice some more.
Anticipate questions you may receive and practice the answers

Before your presentation
Arrive early so you can set up, relax, and mingle with your audience
Organize your notes and keep them brief (1 page)
Have a glass of water at lectern (not a plastic bottle)
Dress appropriately – as nice as or better than your audience

During your presentation
Remember to pause and to breathe
Open with a “hook” and a close with a well-rehearsed statement with a punch
Tell your audience what they can expect and set ground rules
Make eye contact: Read your audience

There are two parts of your talk your audience is most likely to remember:
The first words out of your mouth and the last words – make them count!

Keep in mind: your audience wants you to succeed!

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  1. What an excellent, simple outline, especially emphasizing the things we do not think of such as calming the body, “teaching” the host or hostess, and all the extra practice. The last time I gave a talk, I followed your recommendations: I practiced it two additional times and received more positive comments from my audience than I usually do. Thank you, Ethan.

    • Thank you Sandra. I am delighted to know the post helped you. We often forget to take care of the most important resource in public speaking – OURSELVES.

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