It depends. Do you know what you want to say? Do you know what you want their response to be?
There are steps you can take to make sure you are well prepared to deliver an engaging presentation.
Preparation is key and taking the time to get it right is critical.
How much time have you been allotted and who is your audience? Think about the commonalities between your organization and your audience. Can you connect the dots between their values and yours?
Summarize what you want to say in one sentence. The key here is to make this a stand-alone statement. If you could only say one sentence to get your point across, what would it be?
Develop three key points under this statement. For example, you may want to 1. address the current situation, 2. identify the programs or products currently addressing the situation, and 3. explain why it makes sense for your audience to become involved. Develop supporting information under each point.
Write out your presentation in a conversational style. This is a creative process and will likely go through several revisions. Weave your points into a story. Read it out loud. Does it flow with ease from one point to another?
Time it. If it’s too long, what parts can be removed while still maintaining the integrity of your points? If it’s too short, which points can you elaborate on? Can you make your presentation interactive by including your audience in some way?
VISUALS SHOULD BE EASY TO UNDERSTAND
- If you are using slides, consider photos/videos and only a few words, if any.
- Do several dry runs.
- Get feedback from someone you trust.
THE DAY OF YOUR PRESENTATION
- Show up early. Test your equipment. Make last-minute adjustments.
- Smile. You’re prepared.
- Be sure to thank your host for inviting you. Mention any previous involvements of your audience.
- Summarize your presentation at the beginning and again at the end.
- Don’t run out when you’re done. Make conversation. Answer questions.
People connect to people. Public speaking is a wonderful way to connect with your community. They get a first-hand opportunity to see your passion and hear your story. You get a face-to-face opportunity to inspire them to take action.
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