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Making Business Presentations Work-Cook

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Making Business Presentations Work by Ethel M. Cook Along with computer literacy, professional presentation skills are becoming a new survival skill in the workplace. People enjoy presenters who are inviting, engaging and informative. Are you nervous about your public speaking skills? Developing and delivering business presentations, just like most functions in business, are formulaic and are a learned skill. Learn the formula, practice the skill and you will gain competency as a presenter. Here are some of the fundamentals of presentations to help you build your skill. Planning Your Presentation In creating your presentation, think like a reporter and answer the "who, what, why, how, and where" questions. Who will attend--and how many? Aim the content of presentation to your audience, and the choice of visuals to meet the needs of your group. Visuals need to be visible to everyone. What is the purpose of the presentation? Is it to explain a plan or project; to tell people what to do--and how; report on what's been done; get support for an idea; define or solve a problem; gain consensus for a decision; provide training; or encourage motivation. Why are they there? Is attendance mandatory? Any time anyone attends a meeting, they will always be asking themselves, "What's in it for me?" Be sure you answer that question for them.
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