Hands up those who love presenting!
If we think about it, the word ‘presenting’ covers giving a seminar/talking to a room full of people, to colleagues, to your boss, at an interview and so many different scenarios both in business and one’s personal life.
Here are a few pointers to ensure you’re on track:
1. Understand your audience and make a connection with them
- who will be there?
- what do they really want from you?
- why are they participating? typically you have 3 types of listeners
- those really eager to learn/take notes and for whom this is important
- those who sit back and watch a slide show and enjoy the coffee and chat
- those there under duress – they’ve been told to attend!
- you will need to establish credibility and the right environment
- how long have you got?
- what will the audience be looking for?
- likely objections – think them through.
- dress appropriately.
2. Understand the defined objective
- what’s the purpose of your presentation?
- what do you want from it?
- what’s in it for the listener?
- work from defined objectives
3. Too much data? – less is more – try and keep to 3 points
- I’m here because (egI want you to purchase my xxxxx)
- The benefit for you is that it will save you £…..
- You then explain your structure and that you will be covering:
- how it will increase XXX
- reduce YYY
- create happier customers
- Why 3? -memory and impact – the brain learns through repetition, and layering.
- Add some stop slides so the audience can see where you’ve moved on to the next section
4. Writing your presentation
- Start with the end, what you want to achieve, the action/closing/what/why/how?
- Then 3 headlines titles of what you need to talk about to achieve your action
- Three critical messages
- The main body x 3
- Your opening words, directions, theme purpose
You may be interested in the 13-box structure by Eugene Moreau – You will also want to tap into the ’emotional sell’ stressing the benefits of your product or service.
Next time Part 2!
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Debbie Newman turns your business vision and ambition into a profitable marketing strategy and is also a qualified coach & mentor. Works mostly in Bath, Bristol, Wiltshire, Gloucester, Somerset, Dorset and Oxfordshire