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Develop Your Presentation Skills, 3rd Edition

Book Description

Offers step-by-step realistic advice to help you improve your confidence, prepare effectively and nail that presentation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Contents
  5. Preface
  6. Introduction
  7. 1    What’s your motivation?
    1. Personal goal setting
    2. The presenter’s alter ego
    3. Who are you?
    4. Main elements of character
  8. 2    Where do you begin?
    1. Different types of presentation
    2. Desperately seeking speaking
  9. 3    What on earth are you going to say?
    1. Start with the audience
    2. Develop templates
    3. Topicality
    4. Active research and statistical information
    5. Individuality
    6. Using quotations
  10. 4    It’s time to write… now!
    1. The big script
    2. Write it, learn it
    3. Notes and nudges
    4. Writing with PowerPoint
    5. The five steps to good writing
  11. 5    The power of storytelling
    1. The benefits of storytelling
    2. True or false?
    3. Collecting stories
    4. How to tell a story
  12. 6    Using humour
    1. Appropriateness
    2. Are you funny?
    3. Planned versus off the cuff
    4. What to expect when you deliver a funny line
    5. Jokes versus anecdotes
    6. What to do when humour fails
    7. The art of exaggeration
    8. Topicality
  13. 7    What’s the point of PowerPoint?
    1. PowerPoint basics
    2. Developing a PowerPoint presentation
  14. 8    Other visual aids
    1. Flipchart
    2. Electronic whiteboard
  15. 9    Rehearsal
    1. Rehearsal technique
    2. Memory tips
  16. 10    Finding your voice
    1. Volume
    2. Passion
    3. Pace
    4. Umms and errs
  17. 11    Openings
    1. False starts
    2. The negative start
    3. Top tips for brilliant beginnings
  18. 12    Endings
    1. Make the ending definite
    2. Make it upbeat
    3. Make it tight
    4. Make it passionate
    5. Once you’re done
    6. Applause
  19. 13    Handling your nerves
    1. Antidote to nerves – checklist
    2. Body language
  20. 14    Handling your audience
    1. Fear of the audience
    2. Never criticize
    3. Build your skills
    4. Audience interaction
  21. 15    Question and answer sessions
    1. The downsides
    2. Tips for success
  22. 16    Getting ready – some practical aspects
    1. Appearance
    2. Equipment
  23. 17    As the moment approaches
    1. The final countdown
    2. I wasn’t expecting that!
  24. 18    Stripped bare
    1. Overcoming the fear of exposure
    2. Preparing to succeed
    3. Advanced memory tips
    4. Creating standard material
  25. 19    Advanced interactivity
    1. The trouble with feedback
    2. Is it dangerous?
    3. Is it helpful?
    4. A range of interactive techniques
    5. Warming them up to interactivity
  26. 20    Progress report
    1. You are the best judge
    2. Video and review
    3. Good friends versus jealous peers
    4. Audience reaction
    5. Future bookings
    6. Formal feedback
  27. 21    Presentations in action
    1. Building confidence
    2. Adding value
    3. Structure
    4. Persuasion
    5. Presenting under pressure
    6. Editing
  28. 22    What next?
    1. Beyond best practice
    2. Projection
    3. Tools of the trade
    4. Character
    5. Frequency
    6. Familiarity
    7. And finally…
  29. Copyright