Checklist for a successful presentation

presentation skills Dec 15, 2021

Today I want to share what I think of as a checklist for a successful presentation. 

Before you start

  • What’s the most important idea or message you want to share?
  • What does the audience expect from you?
  • What is the outcome you desire?

Building the presentation

  • How will you engage the audience in the first 30 seconds?
  • How will you signpost the intent of the presentation?
  • What context does the audience need early in order to follow your arguments?
  • What are the 2 - 4 main points you will touch on?
  • What stories will make your information resonate with the audience?
  • What is your concluding thought/message/ask?
  • Are you following the TalkitOut system for making scripts easy to deliver?
  • Are your slides imaginative? Pictures and videos have more impact that text-heavy slides.

Your language

  • Are you using the TalkitOut Technique to ensure an authentic, conversational and engaging delivery?
  • Are you using language most appropriate to your audience?
  • Have you simplified complex concepts so they are clear to people hearing them for the first time?
  • Are your sentences short (20 - 25 words max)?

Your delivery

  • Are you making strong, regular eye contact with the audience?
  • Are you building in plenty of pauses to allow listeners to digest the information?
  • Are you varying your pace, tone and inflection?
  • Is your body language congruent with your words?
  • Are you monitoring audience reaction to check for buy-in and comprehension?

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