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Lesson 15. Ten-Point Presentation Primer > Take the Route to Success - Pg. 61

Ten-Point Presentation Primer Caution 61 Don't be a control freak. You don't have to know exactly what the audience may say, and it's usually quite easy to summarize their responses with a general statement and segue back to your talk. After you listen to their responses, summarize them briefly. You might use phrases such as: "I can see you have a wide range of opinions on this subject," or, "It helps me to know how you feel about this issue." Then go back to your talk. Point Six: Don't Panic Sometimes your talk may be flowing along smoothly and suddenly you can't remember your next idea. It's easy to push the panic button, but it's the worst thing you can do to your presentation. Instead, take a second or two and refer to your notes. Or if the next idea is sitting on a visual aid, turn and look at it. It gives you a little breathing room. Don't be afraid of silences or feel you must apologize to your audience for them. They weren't expecting perfection, anyway. A brief pause will appear only natural to them, although it may seem like an eternity to you. Point Seven: Go with the Flow Suppose you're the third or fourth speaker on a program and the conference planner asks if you can shorten your talk substantially because the other presenters ran too long. That's not a difficult problem if you've organized your talk around a central message. Open with your message. It is the key idea that you want to deliver, and everything else is just supporting information. Then cut down the amount of evidence you plan to deliver and make sure that your most important