Conventions got speech-making top of mind? You, too, can deliver an impressive presentation-at or above an eighth-grade level.
After spending years as a Toastmaster speakers’ club member and speaking to a wide range of audiences, I enjoy coming up with topics that will appeal to a group, developing the flow of talks, and interacting with audiences. I was recently asked to give a presentation to a group of product managers about how to give a great presentation–and both the Republican and Democratic conventions have the art of speech-making on my mind–so I developed a plan that could help anyone.
Here are eight basic tips every presenter should use:
1. Admit You Have a Problem
Isn’t this always the first step? Even the best presenter will tell you that he has room for improvement. You may know your content and you may speak smoothly and with poise, but there is a huge difference between speaking and presenting information in a way that truly gets your point across. Will your audience walk away changed based on what you tell them?
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