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V. Preparation - The most critical element of any presenta-
tion is the preparation and rehearsal of literally every detail
in advance. In this section, I will review how to prepare your
speech, body language, and handouts as well as cover such
important points as knowing your audience, knowing how to
open and close, and ensuring that your presentation is prop-
erly introduced. I will explain the importance of confirming
your presentation date, time and place, setting up the room
and equipment, and testing the microphones. I will also discuss
working with meeting organizers.
Understanding and applying these five quintessential
elements of a power presentation clearly make the difference
in how well you impact on audiences.
Too many people focus on only the first part, the speech,
and then wonder why they have no impact! However, commu-
nication using all the senses of sound, sight, and physical
touch guarantees that your message will be better understood.
Skillful incorporation of these five components of a pre-
sentation will ensure that no one misses your point - whether
they agree with you or not. If they do not, at least you will have
done everything possible to convey your message in the most
in the Western World?
Strange as it may seem, what human beings fear more than
death is public speaking! Most people believe that talking in
front of a group provides one of the greatest opportunities for
humiliation. Most of us are afraid of saying the wrong thing
and making fools of ourselves. However, we all admire those
who can confidently get up in front of large gatherings, and
talk without notes, as though the situation were a one-to-one
conversation. The fact is, we are all capable of developing
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