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A Great Presentation is like a Delicious Cake!

Rec There is a Specific Recipe

that when followed, produces the super results you desire!

A sumptuous cake, or for that matter, meal, doesn’t come about by accident!

There are specific amounts of specific ingredients, added at specific times, in a specific manner that lead to mouth watering desserts and foods!

A Presentation is similar to a recipe.  There are specific components, with very specific parts, that must be developed in a specific manner to result in a presentation that leads to an audience GETTING the message the speaker wants them receiving.(GETTING IT! is the goal of all communication; verbal, written, visual.)

  1. Professional Presentations follow a “Recipe.”

  2. The Title should

draw people in to see and hear you.

  1. Think of it as the:

  2. Headline of a newspaper article.

  3. Subject Line of an email.

  4. Spine of a book.

  5. If the above don’t grab attention and interest, people won’t want to know more.

  6. Write your own Introduction.

  7. It is not your biography.

  8. It should answer the questions:

  9. Why this subject?

  10. Why this speaker?

  11. Why now?

  12. Think of the Introduction as the King’s Trumpeters announcing his arrival!  It should build the audience’s anticipation for you, the speaker!

  13. The Opening has two parts,

  14. Grab the Attention of the people you’re speaking to.

  15. Next, Tell them What you’ll be Telling Them, and how you’ll be handling questions.

  16. The formula for the Body of the presentation is:

  17. Make a Point – Tell a Story to support that point.

  18. Three to five points per presentation.

  19. Personal stories are best!

  20. The Conclusion has two parts.

    1. Tell the audience what you told them.

    2. Have a Strong Closing.

      1. The last thing the audience sees and hears will be the first thing they will remember.

BONUS Tips for the “Recipe” for a Great Presentation

  1. If you’re going to have a Q&A Session, do it before your Conclusion.

  2. The last thing the audience sees and hears will be the first thing they will recall.  That’s why the Closing should always be powerful!

  3. Practice – Practice – Practice!

  4. A good rule of thumb is one hour of practice for each minute of presentation.  (I’ve proofed the last sentence. It is correct!)

  5. If slides will be used in your presentation:

  6. Don’t use Bullet Points and lots of Text.

  7. Bullet Point Confuse, Compete and Conflict with the message the presenter is delivering.

  8. Use high quality, universally understood Images.

  9. Learn, Practice, and incorporate into your Presentation:

  10. Verbal Delivery

  11. Clear Enunciation and Pronunciation of all the words you speak.

  12. Projection

  13. Speak to the back of the room.  If necessary, use an amplification system.

  14. Inflection

  15. Where you place the emphasis in a sentence can completely change the meaning.

  16. Cadence

  17. Vary the speed of your delivery.

  18. Pause

  19. Give the audience an opportunity to enjoy your humor or absorb information you just presented.

  20. NonVerbal Delivery

  21. Eye Contact

  22. “The eyes are the gateway to the soul.”

  23. They project, or not, honesty and integrity.

  24. Facial Expressions

  25. The most important one is a Smile!

  26. I call a smile a non-physical hug because when you give one, you get one right back!

  27. They’re contagious.

  28. Gestures

  29. They should be natural and add to the delivery of your message.

  30. Be aware: All gestures are not universal.

  31. Posture

  32. Straight, with shoulders back shows “confidence in your competence.”

  33. Starts when you are seated!

  34. Body Language

  35. Have one or two “anchor spots” on the stage that you return to if moving about the speaking area.

Follow this “Recipe” for Developing your presentations, and the next one will be  – NO SWEAT!

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About the Author Fred E. Miller is a speaker, a coach, and author of the book, “No Sweat Public Speaking!” Businesses and individuals hire him because they want to improve their Public Speaking and Presentation Skills. They do this because we perceive really great speakers to be Experts. Perception is reality and we rather deal with Experts.

They also know: Speaking Opportunities are Business Opportunities. Speaking Opportunities are Career Opportunities. Speaking Opportunities are Leadership Opportunities.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver ‘Knock Your Socks Off Presentations!’ with – NO SWEAT!

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