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Part I: Assessing Your Skills > Present Presentation Skills Self-Evaluation

Chapter 2. Present Presentation Skills Self-Evaluation

To be a more effective presenter it is useful to examine your present skills. The following evaluation can help determine the areas on which to focus to increase your competency. Please read the statement and then circle the number that best describes you. Then concentrate during the balance of this book on those items you marked 1, 2 or 3.

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1. I determine some basic objectives before planning a presentation. 5 4 3 2 1
2. I analyze the values, needs and constraints of my audience. 5 4 3 2 1
3. I write down some main ideas first, in order to build a presentation around them. 5 4 3 2 1
4. I incorporate both a preview and review of the main ideas as my presentation is organized. 5 4 3 2 1
5. I develop an introduction that will catch the attention of my audience and still provide the necessary background information. 5 4 3 2 1
6. My conclusion refers back to the introduction and, if appropriate, contains a call-to-action statement. 5 4 3 2 1
7. The visual aids I use are carefully prepared, simple, easy to read, and have impact. 5 4 3 2 1
8. The number of visual aids will enhance, not detract, from my presentation. 5 4 3 2 1
9. If my presentation is persuasive, arguments are used that are logical and that support my assertions. 5 4 3 2 1
10. I use anxiety to fuel the enthusiasm of my presentation, not hold me back. 5 4 3 2 1
11. I insure the benefits suggested to my audience are clear and compelling. 5 4 3 2 1
12. I communicate ideas with enthusiasm. 5 4 3 2 1
13. I rehearsed so there is a minimum focus on notes and maximum attention paid to my audience. 5 4 3 2 1
14. My notes contain only “key words” so I avoid reading from a manuscript or technical paper. 5 4 3 2 1
15. My presentations are rehearsed standing up and using visual aids. 5 4 3 2 1
16. I prepare answers to anticipated questions, and practice responding to them. 5 4 3 2 1
17. I arrange seating (if appropriate) and check audio-visual equipment in advance of the presentation. 5 4 3 2 1
18. I maintain good eye contact with the audience at all times. 5 4 3 2 1
19. My gestures are natural and not constrained by anxiety. 5 4 3 2 1
20. My voice is strong and clear and is not a monotone. 5 4 3 2 1
Total score________



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