Carmen Taran believes that “a good speaker with bad beginnings is like a fitness trainer who smokes.” And the only way to avoid bad beginnings in presentations is by rehearsing as much as possible.
So, after you completed the third step: The Creation of the Visual Images it’s time to focus on the fourth and final step in creating a good presentation: Rehearsing the Presenter.
In order to do this you should have in mind the following:
- The format of a presentation should be tailored not only to the audience but also to the presenter’s profile. A Presentation is personal – what fits Presenter A may not fit Presenter B.
- True presentation rehearsal takes the form of practice using PowerPoint in “Slide Sorter” mode (to get a “macro” view). This forces you to move away from what is written on the screens. In this way, you learn to convey the main message independent of what is on the screens. This process improves your storytelling ability.
- Always try to introduce a slide by starting that part of the speech before displaying the slide. This is a show, after all!
- This technique conveys knowledge and full control of the subject matter. Subliminally, it conveys your ability as a manager.
- Final training is done using a room/stage set-up as close as possible to that of the actual venue.
- The beginning of a presentation is a critical moment. It determines whether you will be able to captivate your audience and maintain its interest throughout. Thus, this is when you are the most nervous – the most difficult moment.
- In order to deal with this, the rehearsal of the introduction requires more time and precision than any other part of the practice.
Once you have rehearsed enough, you are ready to the BIG moment.
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