You give informal presentations every day: the impromptu meeting in the hallway, the toast at your best friend’s wedding, the story you tell the cashier when you return the cat food—these are all examples of everyday presentations.
So the good news is that you’re probably a better presenter than you realize. I help you take the skills you already have and teach you how to use them in more formal settings in my public speaking trainings.
To help you create a cogent and powerful presentation that helps you connect with your audience, download my 9-page Cheat Sheet 5 Steps to Nail Your Next Presentation. It breaks down the process of creating and delivering a presentation into small, doable steps and includes answers to questions like:
How do I organize my story?
How do I keep my audience’s attention?
What do I do during a rehearsal?
What can I do to calm my nerves?
Here’s an excerpt from 5 Steps to Nail Your Next Presentation. For a free download of load of the 9-page Cheat Sheet, sign up below.
GATHER YOUR RAW MATERIALS
The key to a great presentation is preparation. One place to start is to assemble your raw materials, which means all the things you could talk about including everything from stories to statistics. You’ll likely assemble more elements than you’ll ever be able to squeeze into your presentation. That’s OK. Gather these raw materials now and I can help you focus later.
These elements might include:
• Visuals, which means high-quality photography, art or well-designed graphs, charts or
other visual elements.
• Props. What items could you bring to show the audience what you’re talking about
• Demonstrations. Are you describing a process that you could demonstrate in front of the crowd?
If so, this could be the most memorable part of your talk.
• Relevant stories. Make a list.
• Statistics. How can you dramatize them?
• Research. What’s important to share that is part of your overarching story?
• Audience participation. This could be as simple as asking for a raise of hands. What else could
• What other content do you want to convey?
Assemble it all. Write each one on an index card or post-it note.
Let it rest overnight.
EXPERT TIP: Start planning your talk as far ahead as possible. Even sitting down for 20 minutes to brainstorm on your own or with a coach will start the process. Once that process begins, you’ll be thinking about the talk while you’re going about the rest of your life and you’ll find yourself clearer the next time you sit down to continue planning.
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