To be a more effective presenter it is useful to examine your present skills.This 20 question assessment can help you identify the areas of which to focus in order to increase your competence. Please read each statement and choose the number that best describes you where 5 is the closest option to you and 1 is the farthest
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Go over the following great presentation tips from Steve Jobs :
- Try to structure your presentation into 3 main parts (Introduction - Middle - Ending)
- Group your ideas into 3 - 4 clear categories to support your theme and core point.
- Spend some time creating and polishing your links from point to point to ensure a smooth logical flow of your presentation.
- Spend a considerable amount of time visualizing your ideas and and thinking how to represent them visually to make them memorable. Always remember that a picture is worth a thousand words.
- If you are using slides in your presentation then stick to this simple rule "Less text and more images". Never use clipart but use high quality images that support your point, makes it more memorable and impress your audience.
- Use a well written document for your handout and well designed simple graphics for your visuals.
- Reduce and edit text on each slide to only the essential key words that clearly delivers your message. Remember nobody wants to see slides of long text lines or bullets.
- Try to avoid using slide animation and only use it to show change or guide audience attention. If you have to use it then don't make it painfully slow and avoid complex effects.
- Dress one step formally above your audience
- Do not stand behind a podium. Try to remove all barriers between you and your audience.
- Keep your audience engaged by asking questions to get them to interact, get them to play a game or do a quick activity.
- Develop rapport with your audience and show your enthusiasm about what you are talking about
- Keep your presentation simple and include only what's necessary. When it comes to presentations less is always more.
- Be positive, upbeat , humorous and try to include something your audience do not expect.