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Tips for a Successful Presentation

The difference between a boring presentation and one that leaves an audience excited can often be found in the details.

If you want to make sure your audience gets your message the next time you give a presentation, take a look at these simple tips and tools

Stop and consider your audience. Help them relax and focus on your presentation. For instance, refreshments can help keep your audience alert-and will definitely be appreciated.

If your presentation is longer than 30 minutes, think about including an intermission so that people can check in with their offices for any urgent messages.

Turn into a storyteller. According to Cliff Atkinson, author of “Beyond Bullet Points,” think of your presentation as a story you want to tell.

Whether you are presenting awards or gifts, offer something of interest to the people who are listening and watching. Bring the gift and the person who is receiving it into focus by offering a story about the person in question and why they are receiving a given gift or award.

Start by writing a script outlining your story. This will help you focus your ideas and figure out what you want to say and how to say it.

Make sure to leave plenty of time to rehearse. Do several practice sessions by yourself to get comfortable with the material and work on your pace and timing.

Ask your colleagues and friends to sit in on a session and give you feedback. After making final changes, do a dry run-through to make sure you have everything you need, including equipment and handouts, to make your presentation run smoothly.

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