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Perfect Your Presentations

Book Description

Organise ideas and communicate clearly with this WorkLife guide

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. 1. Preparation
    1. Think Positively
      1. Assess the Benefits
      2. Benefit Personally
      3. Send the Right Messages
      4. Give Yourself Purpose
      5. Tip
    2. Who?, What?, and Why?
      1. Recognize All the Roles
      2. Understanding All Viewpoints
      3. Techniques to Practise
      4. Get the Inside Information
      5. Tip
      6. Ask the Question “Why?”
      7. Be Original
      8. Understand Your Role
      9. Ask the Question “What?”
      10. Match Up “Who” with “Why”?
      11. 5 Minute Fix
      12. Adapting to an Audience
      13. Do Your Own Homework
      14. Tip
    3. Look at the Location
      1. Do Your Research
      2. Check Your Venue
      3. Be Confident You Can Cope
      4. Tip
    4. Make a Relevant Presentation
      1. Offer Incentives
      2. Address the Audience’s Fears
        1. General versus Personal Fears
      3. Tip
    5. Research the Background
      1. Know Your Material
      2. Think Smart
      3. Tip
      4. Know Your Audience’s Business
      5. Information at Your Fingertips
      6. Look Around You
      7. Find the Specialists
  3. 2. The Content
    1. Keep It Short
      1. Keep It Focused
        1. Stay On-Message
      2. Think Smart
      3. Keep It Natural
    2. Using Humour
      1. Keep to the Point
      2. Borrowing a Punchline
      3. Avoid Forced Humour
      4. Tip
    3. Structure Your Presentation
      1. Keep It Clear
      2. 5 Minute Fix
      3. Coding a Presentation
    4. Opening Gambits
      1. Make the Right Start
      2. Case Study: Waking Up the Audience
      3. Use the Unexpected
      4. Begin with a Question
    5. Begin at the Beginning
      1. Give Them a Reason to Listen
      2. Take Your Audience with You
      3. Speak Their Language
      4. Tip
    6. Sustain Your Pace
      1. Secure Your Delivery
      2. Case Study: Personalizing a Presentation
      3. Techniques to Practise
      4. Involve Other People
      5. Tip
    7. Make a Memorable Finish
      1. Keep It Memorable
      2. Bring Your Argument Full Circle
      3. Finishing Effectively
      4. Points to Conclude with
      5. Tip
    8. Summary: Structuring Well
    9. Watch Your Timing
      1. Rehearse Your Delivery
      2. 5 Minute Fix
      3. Life or Death Timing
    10. Practice Makes Perfect
      1. Hold Solo and Dress Rehearsals
      2. Techniques to Practise
      3. Find a Practice Audience
  4. 3. The Presenter
    1. Dress to Impress
      1. Dress Comfortably
      2. Techniques to Practise
      3. Send an Appropriate Message
        1. Dress Effectively
      4. Present Yourself with Care
      5. Good Grooming
      6. Judge Your Audience
      7. Think about Detail
      8. Filmed Presentations
      9. Check Your Outfit
      10. Tip
    2. Deal with Nerves
      1. Establish Why You are Frightened
      2. Rationalize Your Fear
      3. Maintain Pre-Presentation Confidence
        1. Last-Minute Preparation
      4. Maintain Clarity
      5. Eliminate Fear
    3. Anticipate Small Problems
      1. Learn from the Experts
      2. Prepare Back-up in Advance
      3. Deal with Unwanted Noise
      4. Tip
    4. Practise Stagecraft
      1. Weigh up the Advantages of a Podium
      2. Think It Through
      3. Using a Podium
      4. Use Positive Body Language
      5. Tip
    5. Using Body Language
      1. Remember to Smile
      2. Tip
      3. Project the Right Attitude
    6. Work the Room
      1. Script Your Movement
      2. Walk Tall
      3. Tip
      4. The Lighthouse Technique
    7. Using a Microphone
      1. Podium Microphones
      2. Stand Microphones
      3. Lapel/Radio Microphones
      4. Tip
    8. Summary: Stagecraft
  5. 4. The Props
    1. Use People as Props
      1. Share Your Spotlight
      2. Case Study: Using Your Colleagues
      3. Learn from the Experts
      4. Don’t Go It Alone
      5. Tip
    2. Using Whiteboards
      1. Remember Board Basics
      2. Good Use of a Whiteboard
      3. Tip
    3. Using Flip Charts
      1. Prepare in Advance
      2. Use Good Flip Chart Technique
      3. Making Charts Work
    4. Using Projectors and Slides
      1. Create the Right Conditions
      2. Tip
      3. Stay in Sequence
    5. Using Pointers and Props
      1. Make Your Props Effective
      2. Case Study: Offering Visual Proof
      3. Pointer Skills
      4. Tip
    6. Using PowerPoint
      1. Get the Balance Right
      2. Sort It Out
      3. Tip
      4. Using Presentation Software Well
      5. Make Your Text Work
      6. Tip
      7. Keep Your Message Short
      8. Display Your Text Well
      9. Make Pictures Work
      10. Explore Your Software’s Possibilities
      11. Find Original Clip Art
      12. Create Your Own Backgrounds
      13. Tip
    7. Summary: Using PowerPoint
    8. Sounds and Animations
      1. Add Sound
      2. Case Study: Using Classic Effects
      3. Tip
      4. Add Video
    9. Use Professional Tips
      1. Personalize Your Presentation
      2. Transport Your Presentation
      3. Gain Extra Time
      4. Tip
  6. 5. The Audience
    1. Read the Mood
      1. Prepare in Advance
      2. Present to Individuals
      3. Tip
      4. Assess as You Go
    2. Present in Your Role
      1. Identify Yourself
      2. Give Yourself Authority
      3. Use Humour Wisely
    3. Interact with Your Audience
      1. Introduce the Unexpected
      2. Tip
      3. Involve the Whole Audience
      4. Case Study: Involving Volunteers
      5. Use Handouts
      6. Hold the Audience’s Attention
      7. Keep Your Options Open
      8. Tip
      9. Distributing Handouts
    4. Take Questions
      1. Think Ahead
      2. Give Honest Answers
      3. Be Fearless
      4. Tip
    5. Summary: Audience Interaction
    6. Handle Hecklers
      1. Find Out Who’s Heckling
      2. Stay Calm
      3. Choose Your Tactics
      4. Tip
      5. Deal with Difficult Questions
    7. Take Aways
      1. Get Feedback
      2. Ask the Right Questions
      3. Bite the Bullet
      4. Tip
    8. Make a Graceful Exit
      1. Follow Up Afterward
      2. Think about the Next Time