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Presentations, Second Edition

Book Description

Presentations, Second Edition takes the anxiety out of creating dynamic presentations with a commonsense, step-by-step plan for success. The book starts you off on the right foot by introducing the critical but often overlooked basics of preparation, including how to: Assess the purpose of the presentation; Understand the audience; Organize the topic for maximum effect; Choose the best type of presentation. With these essential concepts mastered, you learn how to prepare both the presentation and yourself. This book discusses rehearsals, checklists, and handling challenges-and even the post-presentation evaluation-in a clear and upbeat manner. Presentations is up-to-the-minute with the latest technologies and techniques such as video and computer conferencing, and Web site production so that you can choose the best medium and application for your presentation. A list of resources is included for further reading.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. 1. Your Purpose
    1. The First Triangle: Your Foundation
    2. Your Presentation’s Purpose
    3. Why You?
    4. Why This Presentation?
    5. Objectives and Expectations
    6. Types of Presentations
    7. Informational
    8. Motivational
    9. Persuasive
    10. Sales
  7. 2. Your Audience
    1. The View from Center Stage
    2. Your Peers
    3. Your Superiors
    4. Subordinates
    5. Willing Participants
    6. Mandatory Attendance
    7. Remote
    8. Special Needs
    9. Stakeholders and Hidden Audiences
  8. 3. Your Topic
    1. Audience Knowledge about Your Topic
    2. Your Knowledge about Your Topic
    3. Research
    4. Details and Facts
    5. Buzzwords and Jargon
    6. Anecdotes and Stories
    7. Copyright Matters
  9. 4. Developing Your Presentation
    1. What’s Your Style? A Quiz
    2. Your Comfort Zone
    3. Logical Progression
    4. Time and Environment
    5. Media Options
    6. Handouts
    7. Visuals
    8. Your Notes
    9. Anticipating Questions and Challenges
  10. 5. Preparing Yourself
    1. You’re the Expert!
    2. Attire
    3. Demeanor
    4. Be Yourself
    5. Practice, Practice, Practice
    6. The Myth of Winging It
  11. 6. Rehearsal
    1. First Run: Read-Through
    2. Second Run: How Do You Sound?
    3. Third Run: How Do You Look?
    4. Gaps and Glitches
  12. 7. Pre-Presentation Checklist
    1. Lists and Post-Its
    2. Production Schedule
    3. Tasks and People
    4. Confirmations
    5. Logistics
    6. Supplies
    7. Your Presenter’s Tool Bag
    8. Contingency Planning
  13. 8. Show Time!
    1. Setting Up
    2. And Now, Our Main Feature
    3. Greeting Your Audience
    4. Establishing Expectations
    5. Introducing Your Presentation
    6. Delivering Your Presentation
    7. Audience Participation
    8. Fielding Questions
    9. Concluding Your Presentation
  14. 9. Handling Challenges
    1. Keep Your Sense of Humor
    2. Late Arrivals and Early Departures
    3. Interruptions
    4. Inattentive Audience
    5. Argumentative Participants
    6. Defusing Hostility and Anger
    7. Saboteurs
    8. Show Stealers
  15. 10. Evaluating Your Success
    1. The Value of Feedback
    2. Informal Assessment
    3. Structured Assessment
    4. Sample Evaluation Forms
    5. Sample Evaluation Form #1: Numeric Scale with Comments
    6. Sample Evaluation Form #2: Narrative Responses
    7. Follow Up with Participants
    8. Follow Up with Stakeholders
    9. When Things Truly Did Go Badly
    10. Incorporating Improvements
    11. On to the Next Presentation!
  16. Appendix A: Resources
    1. Appendix B: Further Reading
    2. Appendix C: Quotations for Speeches