Professional development of a presenter.
- Get audience ready – the content, the humor, the speed of delivery, the tone, the gesture, the passion, the familiarity, the story, the conciseness, the punch. (Clue: Know the audience before you start, pre-question some of the attendees, or die.)
- Ask yourself eight questions…
- What’s my time limit?
- Is this the most compelling message I can create?
- What’s the point? What will compel me to act?
- Am I clear, is my message clear?
- Is my delivery the best it can be?
- Would I buy?
- What do I want the audience to do when I’m done?
- What do I want them to say to me (about me) when it’s over?
- Practice in front of people not afraid to criticize you.
- Record a practice session. If you listen to the audio and say to yourself “That sucks,” that’s what the audience will hear. That’s you – fix it.
- Listen to your tape as often as you can stand it. Memorize and know where you need emphasis. Know what sounds stupid – cut that out.
- Practice it as though you were giving it. Rehearse for real every time.
- If your family or friends think you’re nuts – you’re on the right track.
- Get an evaluator before you start each talk.
- Video tape the actual session.
- Watch the tape twice. Make a list of “never do that again” and carry it with you for three years.
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