One of the „key factors“ in giving presentations is learning to prepare your notes for your talk. It’s not the “sexiest” part of a presentation, but it’s important nevertheless – especially for those who have not yet internalized the flow of their content. Many speakers are tempted to prepare their presentation notes by writing down […]

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Ask yourself what it is that makes great speakers so exceptional. Is it passion? Confidence and enthusiasm? Thorough preparation and practice? Maybe these speakers have learned the Zen of presenting – and are able to rest in their center and just be “there”. As much as all these can help improve a presentation, there is […]

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Most business or technical presentations are divided into a number of main topics. Speakers usually tell their audience at the beginning what points they will cover in the outline. It’s usually given in a way similar to this: “First I will talk about…secondly, I’ll discuss…and finally we’ll be looking at…” The speaker then covers the […]

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(Note: the key message is different from key summary points. For how to develop your key summary points see our article: “Developing a Memorable Summary”.) Content: Components of a key message Example Worksheet (now you try). Components of a key message Your key message is that one main idea that you want your audience to […]

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The Purpose Statement The purpose statement, or „goal“ of a good presentation, needs to be clearly articulated at the beginning so that the audience knows exactly where you want to take them. A common problem in many presentations, however, is that most purpose statements are simply too general or vague. For example, “The purpose of […]

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Many business presentations today engage in an audience-unfriendly practice of using slides that are overloaded with text. It’s tempting to think that this could be helpful to an international audience. But for the majority of internationally mixed audiences whose language skills are only sufficient enough to follow along with the speaker,  using text simultaneously will […]

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