01-30-2016 04:14 PM
I’m sitting here working on a 3-hour workshop I’m going to be giving at the end of February to a group of Business Analytics students at a local university, and it got me thinking about how I put my presentations together. I’ve given a large number of talks at my local SAS User group, the former NESUG (Northeastern SAS Users’ Group) and Global Forum, and have approached them the same way.
My first step is to establish 4 different things:
Second step is to practice – I like to engage with the audience rather than reading my notes. This takes practice, so I memorise little things throughout my day – library card number, credit card number, phone numbers of people at work etc. What you’ll find is doing this often enough your memorisation skills will improve. Also, don’t memorise word-for-word – rather, aim for points that you want to make instead. Being comfortable with the subject will make this easier, so I will spend as much time reading up on the topic as possible.
The final point is the doing the actual presentation. You know the topic, you have your points all ready to go, now it’s time to do the talk!
I really enjoy giving presentations, and I hope that my suggestions help make you a more successful presenter. My last tip is to be the kind of audience member that you would want attending your talk – don’t look at your cell phone, don’t laugh at mistakes the presenter makes, and don’t talk to those around you during the session.
What are your presentation tips and tricks? I’d love to hear them!
02-01-2016 03:06 PM
Great crash course in putting together a preso! Tracks very closely with the teachings of Bart Queen, a gifted speech coach that I brought to SAS some time ago. He's a huge proponent of pausing so that the audience can absorb what you're saying and showing. In fact, he says to pause for longer than feels comfortable. He's fond of saying, "Don't go with how it feels. Go with the impact it creates!"
02-01-2016 09:15 PM