Delivering a speech or address confidently is quite easy provided your preparation has been done thoroughly. A presentation requires the presenter to be fully aware of the content to be presented and to answer as many questions in the presentation as possible.
- Write your content in bite sized pieces. Write in modules which allow you to miss some out during your address if you are short of time or you do not wish to deliver parts of the address for other reasons.
- Write cue cards. Large cards are best joined at one corner with a large ring or even string. Write in large letters that are easy to read without needing to stare. Headlines with a few sub points work well. Too much detail will confuse and make the presentation stunted. As the cards are finished with fold them over. Cards wont flip back over as a book might. They are also fairly discrete.
- Jokes can help a presentation. Bad jokes will not help or badly delivered jokes. If you are not good at jokes don’t do any. Often during the presentation things go wrong which will bring a few laughs.
- You must know your subject matter. Write out everything you intend to cover, modify it and write it again. Ensure everything flows from one module to the next. Work out where you need to refer back to an earlier part of the presentation then rewrite that part. The more time you spend at this stage the better your presentation will be. Once you have the whole presentation planned the cue cards can be written. Cue cards are there to remind you of the running order with pointers within the presentation.
- Technical information is best delivered with the aid of props. Most areas of a presentation can be covered by use of the cue cards. Technical issues need to be accurate; these are best done with a projector, flip chart or even handouts. Tables, calculations etc. are difficult to display by voice alone.
- Try to think of as many questions that could be asked about the subject. Include as many answers as you can into your presentation. This will reduce the number of questions asked. Your audience will feel they have learned something fully.
- Decide in advance the format your time will take. Will you take questions at all? If you do will you take them during your address or at the end? This is your address you make the decisions according to your preferences. Remain in control of your time and you will present a confident dynamic presentation.