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Then Speak:

  1. Give a few introductory remarks. Before you launch into the meat of your topic give yourself time to get collected. Make some general introductory comments, such as, “I’m pleased to be here today to help provide some information. I didn’t plan a formal presentation but would be happy to describe the project we’ve been working on.”

  2. Develop a clear preview sentence of your main points. You will want to verbalize to yourself and your audience what your key points are. From the example above Jill could simply state, “I would like to tell you about how we started this project, where it stands and where we plan to take it”; which is a time ordered sequence.

  3. Deliver the body of the presentation. Talk through each point from your preview sentence. (In Jill’s example; past, present and future). Having an organizational pattern established and knowing where you are going will take some of the stress out of the situation.

    If what you are speaking about is controversial, first acknowledge the opposition’s case but finish with your viewpoint so you end by summarizing your position.

  4. Review the main points. Reinforce the main ideas you’ve touched upon by briefly restating them. Something like, “I’ve tried in these past few minutes to give you an overview of how this project started, where it is now and where we think it will go.”

  5. Conclude the presentation. Don’t leave your presentation high and dry. Conclude it with a strong, positive statement. Following our example, “I hope to attend next month’s meeting to report a satisfactory conclusion to our project. I would be happy to take any questions at this time.”


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