APresenting Primer for
This short primer is intended as a guide for those who don't
have much experience talking to groups. It contains some very short and very
good advice. If you like it or don't, tell me.
If you would like more information visit the Long Presenting
Primer for Non-Presenters.
The short advice:
- Tell them what you are going to tell them.
- Tell them.
- Tell them what you told them.
This is old, old advice but very important. It solves A LOT
of problems for presenters, such as:
- Part 1 gives the audience a frame of reference
for your information before you really start. Most people need this!
- Part 1 gives you a frame of reference
for the information before you really start. Most presenters really need this.
- Part 1 helps hold badly timed questions until
the correct part of the presentation.
- Part 1 prevents useless questions.
Since the audience will wait for the part they know is coming before asking,
they sometimes hear the information they need.
- Part 2 keeps you on track and helps you deal
- Part 3 is a summary. It helps the audience sort
out the information and reminds them of confusing points.
- Part 3 helps you remember items you left out
- Part 3 gives closure and naturally leads to a
productive Q&A session.
If you have ever had problems in a presentation, it was probably
because part 1, 2, or 3 was shorted in some way!
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