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Your Presentation: EXTREME MAKEOVER Time?

EXT The Answer is YES, If:

  1. The Title of your talk doesn’t grab a potential audience’s attention.

  2. Think of the Title of your Presentation as the Cover of a Book, Headline of a Newspaper Article, or Subject Line of an Email.

  3. If it doesn’t attract people, they’ll never look any further.

  4. The Master of Ceremonies uses your Bio as your Introduction.

  5. Your Bio is not your Introduction, and is an integral part of a presentation.  It should be like the king’s trumpeters announcing to all that his highness is on his way.  It’s goal is to build anticipation for you, the presenter.

  6. The Introduction should answer three questions.

  7. Why this Subject?

  8. Why this Speaker?

  9. Why now?

  10. Write your own Introduction and review it with the Emcee.  Yes, It’s that important!

  11. Your Opening doesn’t:

  12. Grab the audience’s attention.

  13. Ask a question.

  14. Example: “Who knows someone who’s died of cancer?”

  15. Hold a prop that gets everyone to focus on it.

  16. Example: Morning Newspaper Headline.

  17. Give them a Road Map of your speech, telling them what you’ll be telling them.

  18. People want to know what’s coming.  Telling them what, and in what sequence, you’ll be presenting, is an essential part of the Opening.

    1. The Law of Primacy and Recency says the audience will best remember the first and last things they hear and see.

  19. Compose your Opening with that law in mind.

  20. The Body of your Presentation doesn’t follow a specific formula.

  21. The Formula is: Make a Point – Tell a supporting Story.

  22. Three to five points per presentation.

  23. Personal stories are best because only you, unless you’ve given permission, can tell that story!

  24. Personal Stories are the emotional glue that connect your audience to your message.” – Nancy Duarte

  25. The Conclusion of your Presentation is non-memorable.

  26. The Conclusion has two Parts.

  27. Review your presentation by telling the audience what you told them.

  28. Repetition is one way to insure your audience GETS IT!

  29. Have a Strong Closing!

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

  30. A Call to Action is an excellent way to end a presentation.

  31. Example: “I Guarantee – The worst speech you’ll ever give – will be far better than the one you never give.  Do it!”

Additional Signs Your Presentation is due for an EXTREME MAKEOVER:

  1. If your slides contain lots of Bullet Points and text.

  2. Bullet Points Kill – Kill the Bullet Points.

  3. Bullet Points do not reinforce a message.

  4. They confuse, complicate, and conflict with it.

  5. Use high quality, universally understood images.

  6. You, the speaker, should provide the “Text” with your voice.

  7. “Blank” the screen, when finished using a slide, to focus the attention of the audience on you, the speaker.

  8. If your Delivery is dull and doesn’t engage the audience.

  9. Delivery trumps Content!

  10. You can have the greatest Content in the world, but if you can’t Deliver in a manner that Educates, Entertains, and Explains, the audience will never GET IT!  (GETTING IT! is the goal of all communications.)

  11. The Delivery of a Presentation has two Parts.

  12. Know all the elements of each.  Understand them and use them.

  13. Verbal

  14. NonVerbal

  15. If you haven’t revised and updated your presentation in the last 30 days.

  16. There is always something that can be improved and refreshed.

  17. “The road to perfection never ends.”

  18. If you haven’t Practiced a minimum of One Hour per Minute of Presentation Material.

  19. The above time suggestion is not a misprint!

Follow these suggestions for making an Extreme Makeover of your presentation, 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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