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Final Tips

This chapter has covered only some of the things that can go wrong with your presentation. As you have seen, being prepared and remaining professional are the two most important ingredients in handling any issue that may arise. Here are nine more tips you should remember to get past these potentially embarrassing presentation problems:

  1. Make sure you know the appropriate dress for your presentation. Nothing is more embarrassing than being over- or underdressed, and you’re the person everyone is looking at.

  2. Don’t pass up the opportunity, especially when asked, to express your requirements for your presentation. For example, if you believe your presentation would work best in a small, intimate room with a flipchart and easel, then it’s important to say so. Do whatever you can to help make yourself a successful presenter!

  3. Write out your own introduction because it’s often the first bit of information that your audience will receive about you. See to it that your audience learns what you would like them to know about yourself.

  4. If food will be served during your presentation, decide when it will be delivered to lessen the interruption. Remember, food inside makes for easy access but more noise and distractions; if the food service is set up outside your room, it leaves the possibility that people may miss parts of your presentation, although there’s less noise and distraction.

  5. If you need help distributing materials or hanging flipchart pages around the room, enlist those individuals prior to the program and carefully explain what you need them to do and when.

  6. When appropriate, make friends in the room by greeting people as they walk in the room. The more support you enlist, the better.

  7. Find out before your presentation where the lavatories are. Determine whether it is appropriate to give this information out to your audience prior to your presentation.

  8. Resist the temptation to make any significant changes in your presentation right before you are ready to start. It is one thing to fine-tune; but changes in your presentation may have a ripple effect on other parts of it that you might not have thought through.

  9. Get off to a good start by having down pat the first 60–90 seconds of your presentation. If you start out on the right foot, the rest will be a piece of cake!



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