Ten Questions Before Your Presentation
You can sometimes find yourself on a speaking agenda without warning! But in most cases – even in the most demanding of roles – you will receive a request to present. And you should be prepared.
You might know the person asking you to present. But equally they might have contacted you through a third party. It makes sense to put the contact into context and establish who they work for, whether they are independent or who they represent.
You should confirm the best contact details. Check whether their phone number has changed or whether email is preferred. Contact details are, of course, reciprocal.
Establish what event is being planned. Is it a sales conference or an annual Association meeting? Is it a meeting of technical partners or a product launch? Knowing some simple details of the event helps you prepare.
You must know where the event is. If the event is local that might make it easier to participate. If the event involves travel it might be possible to combine your participation with some other activity.
It's rare for any speaker to be the sole presenter on the podium. In most instances you will share the platform with several speakers with a budgeted time allowance of some 45 minutes. Perhaps longer.
Using a theme such as, "Being Best", allows a range of speakers to explore all the essential attributes of customer care, quality management, production quality or people management.
This has to be asked. For instance there might be an expectation that you will make a presentation and then answer questions later. All require different preparation.
If the event is planned for next week you might already suspect the answer! If you are being asked to present because you are a respected expert in your field then it's very likely that your presentation subject is going to be crafted along the same lines.
We take it for granted that every speaking event supports multimedia content – but it must be checked.
You will need to check your schedule. Or you might need to check with your partner. Once you have agreed a timeline in which to call–then call back. You can pick up other presentation skills tips and techniques on a PresentPerfectTM presentation skills training course.
"If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now."
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