It can be hard to say enough about the
skill of delivering good presentations. After
all, it is the key way to explore a candidate’s
technical and communications skills.
Why is it that we see little about this topic
in most workshops? One annual program
has it as an item each year and Dr. S.
Sobolov always does a masterful job in
displaying how it can be done and how
to achieve a competency level.
She stresses both audience analysis and
continuous audience feedback when giving
talks. Once the size, expertise level and
length of time are factored in, the central
question or topic(s) can be developed and
offered to the audience.
Using high quality visuals (no handwritten,
error-free; think twice about multimedia),
whether active writing or power points,
use details to aid in understanding the findings
and conclusions reached.
Develop a sequence that allows you to
arrive at or support the central ideas you
wish audience members to leave with.
Spend sufficient time providing an appreciation
for all the people who supported your work
and especially the audience for their attention.
Practice the experience of presenting with
the idea of being audience centered rather than
material centered. Recognize the need to adjust
how and what you do depending on how the
audience in that situation is responding and
It has been said here before 1 2 3
about being passionate, engaging and enthusiastic
about body language messages and
about voice maintenance
are other pointers to include in being someone
that people want to listen to.