Presentation_Concepts

Presentation_Concepts - Presentation Concepts Yes, this is...

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Presentation Concepts Yes, this is a computer applications class, but before we can discuss how to create a Slide Show presentation using an application like PowerPoint, we first need to discuss the steps that must be taken to plan what will be covered in a presentation. Planning Your Presentation You should plan your presentation just as you would plan a written document. First consider your purpose, audience, and situation. Planning in advance will improve the quality of your presentation, make it more effective and enjoyable, and save you time and effort. The purpose of your presentation should be the first thing you think about. Is the presentation’s purpose to inform, to persuade, to demonstrate a skill, or train? Informative presentations are used to provide an audience with background information, knowledge, and details about a topic. Your goal should be to provide useful and relevant information to your audience. Persuasive presentations are usually focused on influencing how an audience feels or acts regarding a position or plan. These presentations may be sales-oriented or motivational in nature. Training presentations provide audiences with an opportunity to learn new skills or obtain new knowledge about a specific task. Also to consider are the needs of your audience. What is it that you want your listeners to walk away with? Describing the audience’s desired outcomes of the presentation may be useful in planning your basic approach. Other factors to consider are the demographics of your audience such as age, gender, education level, and knowledge of your topic. Knowing your audience will help you adapt the content of your message to the appropriate level. This helps ensure that the information you provide will be useful, interesting, and relevant. The setting and location of your presentation will also dictate the level of formality. In advance, be sure to find out information about the locale you will be presenting in such as size and shape of the room, the seating arrangement, and the size of your audience. These factors may also influence the type of medium you use and the size of your visuals. Developing Your Presentation
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Once you’ve defined the purpose of your presentation and have analyzed your audience’s needs and expectations, you need to plan the content. First, identify the major points or main ideas that are most relevant. As you brainstorm, capture ideas, concepts, and information to be presented. Then, group those ideas into natural associations based on the material. Give each category a name or title. Next, organize those groups in order of how they should be presented to your audience, from most important to least important. Any remaining information can be used to fill in other parts of the presentation or in a question/answer period. The Introduction
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