Presentation success with just two words

So you’re sitting in front of your laptop and all the sudden an email pops up. Your professor or boss has asked you to create and conduct a presentation for a generously large audience… by tomorrow morning.

Questions start gathering in your head. How am I going to do pull this off? What will they think of me? Will they see my nervousness?

Don’t go bananas over your situation. Instead, GO APE.

Okay, so maybe I can’t promise you fame in 15 minutes, but taking time to brainstorm and loosely put together your presentation can help you successfully make the presentation worthwhile. I recently attended a public speaking seminar hosted by Sidd Chopra  . Sidd taught the audience just how to create an effective presentation when you are pinched for time.

GATHER

Think about the topic you’ve been given and the demographics of the audience. Are they young? Old? Students? Executives? If you know the audience and topic ahead of time, you can carve your speech out to suit them. If you don’t know who the audience will be or what will capture their attention, you can gather information for your speech, and on the day of, ask questions to the audience to add onto your speech. Remember, asking questions will never harm you.
ORGANIZE
You’ve got your topic, asked your questions, and now you need to break your information down into smaller portions. Pick three ( or more depending on the scope of your topic) sub-levels  to your topic and elaborate on those. What points will drive hardest to the audience?  Include those.
ASSEMBLE
So now that you’ve collected information for your big presentation,  and organized it into chunks, it’s time to put it together in a cohesive way.  Using note cards or making a list of your speech order might help you in this process As you assemble your presentation, keep the audience’s interests in mind. Remember that you don’t need to use everything you gathered, you can always leave parts out if that is what works for you timewise.

PRACTICE

Take a moment to think about all the times in your day that you are doing something, but you also have free time during that activity– meaning you’re not using that much energy towards it. Brushing you teeth, driving to work, walking around are just a few of these. Most of these activities are things we do on our own, and yet there’s so much “dead” time to use towards practicing your speech. As they say, practice makes perfect, so there’s no limit to how much you can. Rehearse your speech in front of a mirror, so you can see your expressions and mannerisms. The more you practice,  the more confident you will become. It can also help you change up your tone and enthusiasm towards the speech.

EXECUTE

The big day’s here and the spotlight is all on you. Are you ready? Maybe you’re nervous, or completely confident. If you are nervous, no need to worry. The audience may or may not be able to even see your butterflies. What they are seeing is your presentation and they’re hoping they get the information they need. Take a few deep breaths before you start. Remember all the parts you worked on, and don’t worry, you can steer away from your  rehearsed speech too if you want-A few anecdotes and ad-libbed parts will make your presentation all the more memorable.

What are some tips/ techniques you’ve used in making last minute presentations? How do you handle these situations?

Best wishes on your presentation and I hope you remember to GO APE!

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