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03/30/08
Presentations. Extemporaneous talks
Filed under: Interviewing, Mentoring, First Year on Job, Mature professionals, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 11:30 am

This morning I was surprised to be asked to
extemporaneously say a few words.  It was
an ‘out of the blue’ request so my response
might be interesting.

At first I posed to myself who is the most
knowledgeable and representative person
for the audience and for delivering the message?
I conceived to two situations– the most senior
person and a tandem representative of the
group.

That is what happened, as the most senior
person recognized his role and did a fine job.
The back-up plan was in place, as a lady and
I were ready to rise to the podium, if I were to
start out.

A number of things came to mind– microphone,
stage presence moving to the front, eye contact,
how to start out, key message to deliver, and
final closing.  These items were summarized in
a NYTimes article by P. Korki, but a clean
.ppt file by T. Farmer nicely defines helpful
points.
T. Farmer:
www.tarleton.edu/~mcgregor/Extras/Resource%20Center/LDE%20CDE%20Presentations/Extemporaneous%20Speaking.ppt

So read through this as it may help prepare you for
those occasions when you least expect it to
represent yourself and team well.

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