Presentations: Proven Techniques for Creating Presentations That Get Results

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Presentations, Second Edition takes the anxiety out of creating dynamic presentations with a commonsense, step-by-step plan for success. The book starts you off by introducing the critical but often overlooked basics of preparation, including how to: Assess the purpose of the presentation, Understand the audience, Organize the topic for maximum effect, Choose the best type of presentation.

With these essential concepts mastered, you learn how to prepare both the presentation and...

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Overview

Presentations, Second Edition takes the anxiety out of creating dynamic presentations with a commonsense, step-by-step plan for success. The book starts you off by introducing the critical but often overlooked basics of preparation, including how to: Assess the purpose of the presentation, Understand the audience, Organize the topic for maximum effect, Choose the best type of presentation.

With these essential concepts mastered, you learn how to prepare both the presentation and yourself. This practical book discusses rehearsals, checklists, and handling challenges-and even the post-presentation evaluation-in a clear and upbeat manner.

Presentations is up-to-the-minute with the latest technologies and techniques, such as video and computer conferencing and Web site production, so that you can choose the best medium and application for your presentation. A list of resources is included for further reading.

About the Author:
Gary McClain, Ph.D., is a counselor and research consultant in New York City

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598691535
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/4/2007
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
Your Purpose     1
The First Triangle: Your Foundation     2
Your Presentation's Purpose     3
Why You?     3
Why This Presentation?     7
Objectives and Expectations     7
Types of Presentations     8
Informational     9
Motivational     15
Persuasive     17
Sales     18
Your Audience     21
The View from Center Stage     22
Your Peers     23
Your Superiors     27
Subordinates     30
Willing Participants     32
Mandatory Attendance     33
Remote     35
Special Needs     36
Stakeholders and Hidden Audiences     37
Your Topic     41
Audience Knowledge about Your Topic     43
Your Knowledge about Your Topic     44
Research     46
Details and Facts     49
Buzzwords and Jargon     51
Anecdotes and Stories     52
Copyright Matters     54
Developing Your Presentation     57
What's Your Style? A Quiz     57
Your Comfort Zone     62
Logical Progression     63
Time and Environment     66
Media Options     67
Handouts     70
Visuals     72
Your Notes     72
Anticipating Questions and Challenges     74
Preparing Yourself     77
You're the Expert!     77
Attire     79
Demeanor     83
Be Yourself     85
Practice, Practice, Practice     87
The Myth of Winging It     90
Rehearsal     93
First Run: Read-Through     94
Second Run: How Do You Sound?     97
Third Run: How Do You Look?     103
Gaps and Glitches     107
Pre-Presentation Checklist     109
Lists and Post-Its     109
Production Schedule     112
Tasks and People     118
Confirmations     119
Logistics     121
Supplies     126
Your Presenter's Tool Bag     127
Contingency Planning     128
Show Time!     131
Setting Up     131
And Now, Our Main Feature      134
Greeting Your Audience     134
Establishing Expectations     136
Introducing Your Presentation     138
Delivering Your Presentation     140
Audience Participation     143
Fielding Questions     145
Concluding Your Presentation     148
Handling Challenges     151
Keep Your Sense of Humor     151
Late Arrivals and Early Departures     153
Interruptions     155
Inattentive Audience     157
Argumentative Participants     159
Defusing Hostility and Anger     161
Saboteurs     163
Show Stealers     164
Evaluating Your Success     167
The Value of Feedback     168
Informal Assessment     171
Structured Assessment     173
Sample Evaluation Forms     175
Numeric Scale with Comments     175
Narrative Responses     177
Follow Up with Participants     177
Follow Up with Stakeholders     178
When Things Truly Did Go Badly     180
Incorporating Improvements     182
On to the Next Presentation!     184
Resources      187
Further Reading     189
Quotations for Speeches     191
Index     207
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