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.
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.
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.
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!