Electronic Newsletter Issue 2007-05
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According to The Book of Lists by Wallechinsky and Wallace, the fear of public speaking ranks above the fear of death and disease as number one in the minds of the majority of people.
When preparing a presentation, consider using the four Pís of action to help you with your structure. The four action Pís are: Plan, Prepare, Practice, and Perform.
NOTE: A form for developing a presentation plan is available on pages 12-13 of the book "R.A!R.A! A Meeting Wizard's Approach" or by emailing Shirley Lee .
Visuals vastly improve the chances that your audience will get the message and handouts increase retention afterwards. Remember text-based visuals should be used to emphasize key points only, not as a replacement for talking time whereas handouts may include detailed notes or items the audience may wish to investigate later. Also when developing visuals, consider that a picture is worth more than words. With all the great software options on the market today your presentations can be enhanced with graphs, photos, clip art and sound.
To improve speaking skills, join a group that will allow you to practice while learning key elements of good presentation. Also, using a evaluation at the end of a presentation is a great way to find out what people really think and get suggestions for improvement. For a sample briefing evaluation, check out http://www.shirleyfinelee.com/FreeForms.htm.
"It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. " - Mark Twain
R.A!R.A! A Meeting Wizard's Approach
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