Last Updated Mar 19, 2008 10:17 AM EDT
- Simplify your presentation: No matter how technical your audience is, they aren't as versed in your subject matter as you. Simplify difficult concepts, explain jargon, give examples, use anecdotes.
- Start by giving the audience a roadmap to follow: Different than simply stating your "agenda" â€" the roadmap tells them the 3 or 4 key concepts you want them to take away.
- Flag the concepts you want to make sure they don't miss: Flags direct the audience's attention to the most important material and bring wandering minds back to your presentation. Examples of flags: "Here's the most important point--" "Here's what I really want to get across--"
- Repeat your points at the end: Don't assume the audience was following your presentation to the letter. Include a brief summary slide that re-emphasizes your key points.
- Relax: It's not as stressful a situation as you think. The audience is rooting for you to do a good job and will happily forgive small gaffes or lapses. Give yourself permission to make small mistakes â€" everyone does. Don't panic if you make a more serious mistake â€" stay calm, take your time and resolve the problem carefully.