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Presenting tips follow up

By way of follow-up to my recent post about contrasting presentations styles, I am led to this round up of good advice for presenters via Vitamin News. The news article points to Nick Fink's round-up post that sifts through the myriad of sites that talk about how to do better presentations. Nick compiled his list of top five articles for presenters. It's worth the trip, and without stealing his thunder:

First on his list is Seven Steps to better presentation by Jeff Veen. Jeff succinctly lists some simple but effective points that can transform a presentation - They're simple thing that you can just start doing now, from changing where you stand to starting and ending clearly and confidently. He supports his recommendations with examples that are easy to relate to.

Next up is How To Give A Great Presentation by D. Keith Robinson. This is a really detailed look at preparing and presenting. Preparation covers not only your subject, but yourself. Some of the tips are things that you can do straight away to improve the presentation you're giving tomorrow, and some are steps that you can take to better equip yourself over the long term.

Next up is How to Get a Standing Ovation by Guy Kawasaki. Again another great set of tips based on 20 years of Guy's experience, this time more focused on Keynote speeches. Something to aim for I guess. Guy made reference to this article which has a look at the things that Steve Jobs does in preparing for his Speeches.

It's interesting to note that telling stories is a common theme between these three.

Picking up on the story theme and shaking it up a bit is Better Beginnings: how to start a presentation, book, article by Kathy Sierra. This is an entertaining read that obviously shows that Kathy's tips can equally apply in writing as well as presenting. I love the fact that the tips really are around cutting to the chase and cutting the boring crap out of your presentation.

Finally we have The Problem With Presentations by Doc Searls which looks at tips that help get the tool out of the way of delivering the message. Some really good tips in here about how to construct your story.

To sum up, the key points that were important to me

  • Skip the crap and start at the interesting bit
  • Be yourself
  • Have a conversation not a monologue
  • Have a story to tell, and one that people want to find out the ending to
  • Practice
  • Deliver it well - start well and clearly, converse and engage, end well and clearly

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