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101 Leadership Actions for Effective Presentations

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Upgrade your leadership skills quickly and easily?and produce results in your organization with a lot less effort. Each book in this collection focuses on a specific area of leadership and managerial effectiveness and offers 101 actions you can accomplish today to improve your impact. The books are easy-to-read and written by experts with real-world experience. Packed with involving activities that encourage thought and action, the books offer techniques that have been tried and proven effective in Fortune 500 companies. Read each title from cover to cover or one action-at-a-time. Either way, you are sure to discover new and stimulating ways to unleash your best effort as a leader. Organize your presentation thoughts... present your ideas with impact... manage yourself and your audience. These 101 actions will help you overcome ?presentation-dread.? Get ideas on how to make your main point compelling, practice with tape recorders and video recorders, use memory joggers, create slides, and more.

Table of Contents

  1. Title
  2. Copyright
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Curtain Up!
  5. Getting the Most Out of this Book
  6. Start with a Brain Transplant
    1. 1. Start to see yourself as the world’s best presenter.
    2. 2. Make a list of those things you would be doing.
    3. 3. Make a list of words and/or terms that describe “the new you.”
    4. 4. Find out what others like about your presentations.
    5. 5. Continue to refine your “new you” list.
    6. 6. Ask others what they’d like to see you do differently.
    7. 7. Make yourself a student of effective presentations.
    8. 8. Ask others about their perspectives on effective presentations.
    9. 9. Get yourself “grounded” for your presentation.
    10. 10. Work in a way that supports your best results.
  7. Prepare Thoroughly
    1. 11. Understand your presentation’s purpose(s).
    2. 12. Identify and write down your purpose.
    3. 13. Review your preparation against your purpose.
    4. 14. Review what you learned about outlining.
    5. 15. Identify the main idea of your presentation.
    6. 16. Make your main idea compelling.
    7. 17. Leverage the “audience factor” in your idea.
    8. 18. Incorporate humor into your main idea.
    9. 19. Beta test your idea with the “man-on-the-street.”
    10. 20. Willingly change your main idea if necessary.
    11. 21. Once you’ve found a great main idea, celebrate.
    12. 22. Write down your main idea in ink.
    13. 23. Identify your three to five supporting ideas.
    14. 24. Make your supporting ideas compelling.
    15. 25. Leverage the “audience factor” in your supporting ideas.
    16. 26. Incorporate humor into your supporting ideas.
    17. 27. Create a level of variety in your supporting ideas.
    18. 28. Beta test your supporting ideas with the “man-on-the-street.”
    19. 29. Willingly change your supporting ideas if necessary.
    20. 30. Celebrate your great supporting ideas.
    21. 31. Write down your supporting ideas in ink.
    22. 32. Go on the hunt for data and illustrations.
    23. 33. Pick an approach for organizing your presentation.
    24. 34. You can organize your presentation logically.
    25. 35. You can organize chronologically as well.
    26. 36. Reverse chronology is another option.
    27. 37. The “motivated sequence” is another option.
    28. 38. Organize by dealing with history.
    29. 39. You can organize using the inverted pyramid.
    30. 40. You can organize according to a model.
    31. 41. You can organize presentations hysterically.
    32. 42. You can also combine one or more approaches.
    33. 43. Be willing to change your organization if needed.
    34. 44. Find out whatever you can about the setting.
  8. Hit the Dummy More Than Once
    1. 45. Practice in front of a mirror—a full-length one.
    2. 46. Practice your presentation with an audio tape recorder.
    3. 47. Make notes on what you’d like to change.
    4. 48. More than likely, you’ll need to slow down!
    5. 49. Practice in front of a video camera.
    6. 50. Make notes and identify what needs to change.
    7. 51. Pay close attention to the use of your body.
    8. 52. Notice how you use your body in space.
    9. 53. Practice in front of live people. Pay them if necessary.
    10. 54. Practice until you like what you see.
    11. 55. Decide if you will use media support.
    12. 56. Don’t put your entire life history on one slide.
    13. 57. Put only three to five lines on a slide.
    14. 58. Incorporate illustrations into your slides.
    15. 59. Use animation in your slides—if you are able to.
    16. 60. Run through the flow of your slides.
    17. 61. Put your slides in a format you can take with you.
    18. 62. Carry a floppy disk and a CD with you.
    19. 63. Make memory joggers for yourself.
    20. 64. Number your memory joggers.
    21. 65. Practice with your memory joggers.
    22. 66. Keep an extra copy of your memory jogger handy.
  9. Tune Up!
    1. 67. Reconfirm your presentation logistics.
    2. 68. Arrive at your destination early.
    3. 69. Make sure you pack your own “parachute.”
    4. 70. Walk around the room—get comfortable.
    5. 71. Breathe.
    6. 72. Say a few words to your (soon-to-be) audience.
    7. 73. Have a banana.
    8. 74. Check out your visuals for clarity and impact.
    9. 75. Meet your audience as they arrive.
    10. 76. Check your hands for excessive perspiration.
  10. When You’re “On”
    1. 77. Smile as you’re being introduced.
    2. 78. See #71.
    3. 79. Thank the person who introduced you.
    4. 80. Look at them.
    5. 81. Begin speaking with great confidence.
    6. 82. Establish eye contact around the room.
    7. 83. Stay in touch with your memory joggers.
    8. 84. Move about the room as you would like.
    9. 85. Keep your hands in plain sight at all times.
    10. 86. If you naturally gesture, do so.
    11. 87. Face the audience as you speak.
    12. 88. Use a laser pointer for emphasis.
    13. 89. Make your face match your words.
    14. 90. Make necessary minor changes as you go along.
    15. 91. Involve your audience as necessary.
    16. 92. Monitor your time usage carefully.
    17. 93. Follow your plan diligently.
    18. 94. When you are finished, stop and sit down.
  11. Be Your Own Biggest Fan
    1. 95. Congratulate yourself on the things done well.
    2. 96. Listen for kudos in the feedback from others.
  12. Unearth the Bad News
    1. 97. Identify the things that didn’t go so well.
    2. 98. Listen for improvements in others’ feedback.
  13. Fall in Love with Japanese
    1. 99. Write down specific things to do differently.
    2. 100. File away your improvements for reference.
    3. 101. Give a copy of this book to a friend.