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Presenting Successfully: Overall Tips

You've done your homework: carefully analyzed the audience, organized your presentation soundly, gathered solid supporting material, covered the arrangements, rehearsed, and checked out the room. You're ahead of the game as you head into the meeting. Now your degree of success will largely depend on how you deliver.

Figure 11-1. Apply these tips for winning delivery.
  • Dress appropriately, to enhance, not detract.

  • Get there early. Check it out: Know the territory and the gadgetry.

  • Get physically and mentally ready.

  • Let the real you show up.

  • Talk to all; project to all.

  • Talk, don't read, except where required.

  • Don't let visuals displace you.

  • Let your natural body language operate in all its forms (eyes, smile, posture, and gestures).

  • Use your voice to focus, punch up, and dramatize. Avoid monotone.

  • Speak so others can understand you and won't be distracted by your nervous mannerisms.

  • Keep an eye on the clock and your plan.

  • Stay flexible. Gauge responses. Shift gears, cut material, or open discussion.

  • Have your closing down pat and don't shortchange it.



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