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Presentation Guidelines

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Perry Arnsfield Presentation Guidelines 1 Effectively communicating information to decision makers is critical to the success of your ideas. This is important in both academic and professional settings because you will be judged able and effective based on your oral and written communications. This paper on how to write and present effective presentations is broken into three main sections: preparation of the content and slides, preparation of the speaker to give the presentation, and the execution of the actual presentation. Presentation Guidelines Preparing the Presentation When you first start writing your presentation, the most important thing to keep in mind is the purpose. Are you trying to persuade, inform, or instruct your audience? This is important because it will affect the content, which will affect the way you write and communicate your information. Writing the presentation. Develop the presentation around your main message. The message should summarize the essence of what the presenter wants the audience to retain. Remember, the audience will follow the presentation clearly if they understand the message or the point of the presentation. Define the thesis clearly and early. Make sure that the audience understands the thesis easily and early in the presentation. The thesis is the reason that you are doing the presentation and when the presenter defines the thesis clearly to the audience at the beginning, they will retain the information easily. Make every important point three times. Introduce your important points at the beginning, expand on those points and tell the audience their importance throughout the body, then remind them again why they are important at the end. Be sure to focus only on the main points so the amount of information does not overwhelm the audience. The structure, flow, and order of the presentation are very important. Read through everything you have written to make sure it has a logical flow. When the order is really good, the audience will not waste time or energy trying to figure out the context of the presentation. As a result, the entire focus is placed on the content - this helps to minimize confusion. Know your audience. It is very important that you, as the presenter, understand the needs of your audience so that you can connect them to your message. When the presentation matches the audience well, they stay focused on the content rather than on other distractions. Make your presentation compelling. Connect the audience to your thesis emotionally and give them the opportunity to care. It is critical that the audience is interested so that they pay attention to the presentation. A boring presentation is difficult for both the presenter and the audience.
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Perry Arnsfield Presentation Guidelines 2 Preparing the slides.
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