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11/27/09
Presentations. Importance and thoughts on things to prepare
Filed under: Interviewing
Posted by: site admin @ 8:17 pm

Many times we have seen that highly
qualified
candidates do not receive
offers because their
presentation
  - “bombed” or rambled and was
unfocused,
   - was less than organized or
contained mistakes


Scott Berkun authored a book
Confessions of a Public Speaker” that
adds some helpful
ideas about the item
that is one of our worst
fears.  For a
number of speeches, audience

expectations can be reasonably met by
competences that most people can meet–
  - be prepared, arrive early, test all the
components of your presentation
  - know who is in your audience, or
determine
early in your talk who is there,
  - have a back up plan for whatever can
go
wrong and practice (hold off on being
adventurous)

  - have controlled enthusiasm with “hot
spice”
items to raise the energy level of
the audience

  - focus on meeting the needs of the
audience
rather than on covering all the
power point slides

 
Belkun wrote that most audiences will
not
tell a speaker things other than ‘that
was great.’  (Balanced book review  1  )

Honest review of videos and anonymous
feedback might prove helpful.

For interviews, it is hard to recover from
an
ineffective presentation, where your
technical
skills are portrayed.

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