Easy Step by Step Guide to Giving Confident Presentations [Secure eReader]
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eBook by Brian Lomas
eBook Category: Self Improvement/Self Improvement
eBook Description: Making a presentation strikes fear into many hearts. It ranks alongside going to the dentist or being put into a cage with a hungry lion or two. Wherever it sits on the fear scale for you this guide is designed to get you through it, if not to the point of actually enjoying it. It is for anyone who needs to give presentations, or who wishes to undertake public speaking in their personal or professional life. It will show you: How to research, prepare and structure a presentation. How to use scripts, visual aids and prompts. How to handle questions--even the awkward ones. How to use your voice and body language.
eBook Publisher: Rowmark/Rowmark, Published: 2004
Fictionwise Release Date: February 2005
This is one of those books that become an essential addition to any professional library. It is easy to use being concise enough to read from cover to cover, yet sufficiently detailed enough to simply dip in to. As its subject matter covers one of the most difficult activities to undertake it handles the approach well and gives sufficient guidance to provide confidence and assurance. I particularly like the boxes containing key statements and the easy to read and digest summaries - ideal for the busy person. -- Alan Beckett, Step One
This book is clear, reader friendly and full of helpful hints for both novices and the more experienced presenter.
However long you have been presenting, there are always ways to improve your technique and impact.
I refer to my copy often and have found the summary sections and the highlighted hints invaluable as a checklist during preparation for my next presentation. -- Helen Glasspool, University of Southampton
So what must you include in the beginning?
? a welcome, a greeting
? an introduction of yourself. This is not your lifehistory!
Keep it succinct and relevant to your primary
aim ? for example:
?Good afternoon, everyone. My name is Brian
Lomas and I am here, as the author of the easy
step by step guide on making confident presentations,
? outline your primary aim: what are you there to
achieve? (You may not reveal all of your aim ? you
wouldn?t, for instance, say that one of your success
criteria is to get wild applause at the end of
your presentation!) To continue with our example:
?? give you as many tips and hints as I can on preparing
for a presentation to enable you to feel
more confident in the future ??
? next, we need to manage their expectations on
how long you are going to talk. Always give the
maximum time ? to finish early is acceptable, to
?? over the next 20 minutes ??
? now, we need something that will encourage the
audience to start listening. This ?wake-up call? states
what they will gain from giving your presentation
their full attention. It could be a positive wakeup
or a negative one:
?? and thereby ensure that you get what you want
out of your presentations ?? (positive)
?? and thus avoid those tears and tantrums you
may well experience just before starting a presentation
? next, outline how you will be approaching the subject
(your structure and your key points that you
?? I'll describe these tools under six headings ?
namely the aim, content, audience, location, structure
and visual aids.?
The beginning might also include:
? domestic arrangements: your audience must be
told the evacuation procedures; they should be told
where the toilets are; break times; refreshment
arrangements; smoking rules, and how messages
for the audience will be dealt with
? a request for your audience to turn off their mobile
phones whenever possible
? let the audience know when you would like to take
questions. If you don't do this, be prepared for
questions at the most awkward of times! (See
Chapter 8 for more on questions)
? the information sources upon which your presentation
? Background to the presentation: although not essential,
it may be useful for the audience to know
why the presentation is being made. If this cannot
be done briefly, consider making it the first point
in the middle part of the structure