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Even the most seasoned public speakers can experience nerves before a major presentation. The successful ones, however, have learned how to make those nerves work for them. Positive concern about the impact of a presentation can spur presenters to raise their game, enabling them to get the desired results. For example, a presentation can be immeasurably improved if you devote sufficient time and attention to three key steps - analyzing your audience, organizing your ideas, and selecting an appropriate presentation method. This course describes how to plan effectively for a presentation by carrying out these steps.
  • recognize how to analyze the audience for a presentation
  • identify the value of knowing the audience for a presentation
  • determine whether the steps in organizing ideas for a presentation have been carried out appropriately in a given scenario
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Among the fears that people have about giving a presentation is that they will get mixed up, forget to make a key point, or repeat themselves. One way to avoid this is to have a sound structure. Once you have identified the purpose and audience for the presentation, and come up with some ideas for what to say, you can transform those ideas into a script or notes that will guide you through the presentation. You should start with an introduction, where you grab the attention of the audience and tell what you are going to do. Next, you need to support each of your key points and, at the same time, not lose the attention of the audience. At the end of your presentation, you need to give your audience a clear understanding of what happens next. You also must make your ending compelling. After all, this is how the audience will remember you. This course describes how to make these key parts of a presentation – the introduction, support content, and conclusion – memorable and effective. It also explains the purposes for which different presentation aids are used, as well as how to use visuals appropriately. Finally, this course describes how to rehearse a presentation – a key step in building confidence for the real thing.
  • determine the effectiveness of different parts of a presentation in a given scenario
  • select the appropriate type of presentation aid to use for a given presentation
  • evaluate the effectiveness of visuals for a given presentation
  • describe how to effectively rehearse a presentation
Excellence in presentation can be achieved when the standard of your delivery matches the quality of your content. You may have carefully planned and structured what you want to say, but if you deliver your message in a monotone while standing stiffly, you're probably not going to captivate the audience. Having diligently prepared for your presentation, you need to make sure that your delivery is engaging. You need to communicate your enthusiasm to the audience if you want them to be enthusiastic about your ideas. At the same time, you must appear composed and confident. This course describes how to make your delivery successful and memorable. It covers techniques for managing stage fright – the biggest problem most speakers have. It also explains how to set the right environment for your presentation by making the right choices about room layout and by preparing the room, including the equipment, lighting, and temperature. You'll also find out how to use your voice and body language to deliver your message clearly and effectively. Finally, the course outlines guidelines for handling audience questions – an area most speakers are also very concerned about. After all, how credible the audience finds you can be swayed by how effectively you answer the difficult questions that come up.
  • select the appropriate room setup for a given presentation
  • recognize how to prepare a room for a presentation
  • describe how to deal with stage fright
  • evaluate the effectiveness of a presenter's delivery in a given scenario
  • determine whether a presenter handles a question-and-answer session appropriately in a given scenario
Presentations are an open dialogue between the presenter and the audience. So what can you do when you're faced with a difficult question? This Impact series product examines strategies for dealing with challenging questions.
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