Thanks to this article recently posted on INC.com, here are some good YES/NO questions to ask yourself about whether or not youâ€™re ready to give a good presentation or not.
- Have you prepared thoroughly by researching the topic?
- Are you enthusiastic about your message?
- Are you confident that the presentation is on target?
- Are you prepared to answer likely questions?
- Have you rehearsed until youâ€™re comfortable?
- Have you selected a slide background thatâ€™s unobtrusive?
- Does your cover slide correctly identify the event?
- Do your slides highlight whatâ€™s really important?
- Are your graphics understandable (rather than confusing)?
- Does each slide contain text than can be read in less than 30 seconds?
- Did you use a simple font thatâ€™s easy to read?
- Can every detail of every slide be read from the back of the room?
- Have you eliminated UPPER-CASE, underlined, and italicized text?
- Does your opening statement capture attention?
- Does your presentation persuade rather than lecture?
- Are your statements and opinions supported by evidence?
- Have you removed the biz-blab and jargon?
- Will the presentation use the audienceâ€™s time effectively?
- Are your anecdotes or analogies vivid and memorable?
- Is there a clear close or call to action at the end?
If youâ€™ve answered â€śYESâ€ť to most of these, then you are probably in good shave; however, if youâ€™ve only answered â€śyesâ€ť to a few of these, itâ€™s time to go back to work.
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