Writing on the American Express OPEN Forum recently, the prolific public speaker recounts how many presenters forget the basics of preparation and planning. To tackle this epidemic of under-preparation, he has put together a simple list of eight questions every speaker should have answered before they step in front of a crowd.
- My main goal of this presentation is for the audience to ______.
- The top 3 things I need the audience to take away from this presentation are ____, ____, _____.
- In the first few minutes (no more than 2), I will capture this audience by _____.
- If my gear dies, the main 3 things I will tell them are ____, ____ , ____.
- If they start looking bored or confused, I will shift gears by _______.
- At the end of this presentation, I want people to ______.
- When I'm done the presentation, I will _____ .
- When following up with people after this presentation, I will offer them _____.
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