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10 Presentation Steps

Step 1: To Know Your Audience

The first step for you is to know your audience I’m not talking about knowing your audience by name or understanding your target audience. I’m talking about putting yourself in their shoes trying to imagine, how they would relate to your topic, it’s really important for you to devote some time to this, and if you don’t have time for anything else devote all of it to knowing your audience.

I’m imagining you as being professionals who have no time and the need to do a presentation tomorrow and this is why I structured this presentation as the format you see.

Step 2: To Clearly State Who You Are

The second step for you is to clearly state who you are. Now it’s very important that you are not a drone, you’re not just the voice from the back of the room you are a human being, and your audience has to understand this even better. If they can also have a glimpse of what you do in life, and what you are about if they can describe your work and your passions in two or three words.

Step 3: To Tell Your Audience Why You’re There

The third step I wanna give you is to tell your audience why you’re there, tell them why you’re passionate about the topic you’re gonna talk about, if you care and if you show them that you care probably they will care as well. I hope I’ve done this in the introduction of this presentation.

Step 4: To Tell Your Audience Why They Are There

The fourth step is to tell your audience why they are there, to motivate them you can do one thing. You can give them a glimpse of the advantage that they will get by following your presentation till the end.

Step 5: To Analyze Much Better

The fifth step is to analyze much better, I suggested that you create a story around the transformation that you want to have in your audience. So first of all, there’s a story involved and stories are the way we relate to the information and we deliver information to each other, so the story is not about fiction it’s about the narrative way you tell.

And the transformation is something that needs to happen so if your presentation doesn’t elicit a transformation, doesn’t give something new insight a new point of view, then maybe the presentation is not ready maybe you’re not ready to deliver it. Maybe there is not enough material once you find a transformation you can focus the story around it, you can focus the way that you will deliver to materials. I’m not going to tell you how to do that, this is really up to you but you have to know the end game.

Step 6: Your Audience Will React Differently

The sixth step is that everyone in your audience will react differently and that is totally fine your audience is also made of individuals, who have their own individual lives and thoughts and they have their own individual day maybe not the best one and it’s okay for them to jump into your presentation at different moments.

Maybe some jump in while others jump out some people will be really interested from the first minute you start presenting others well actually be completely passive and look just for the “tweetable” content, or maybe one or two phrases that will make them look smart so don’t worry about that, don’t try to please everyone.

Step 7: To Mark The Concept You Deliver

The seventh step is to clearly mark the most important concept you deliver, if you do this what you are practicing is a story technique in a story point that is called the Climax.

This sounds like a harsh word and it’s a Latin word but to you it has to mean just summit. The summit of the mountain the peak that you reach after a long walk.

When you write this peak you have many advantages first of all your audience is geared towards understanding this peak, and they know that they have to give you their full attention. The other really important thing that happens is that since we are natural story listeners, we know that after the peak there is a downslope we know that the climax marks the beginning of the end of your presentation.

The other thing is that the climax is very empowering, you really happy to be there and you have everyone’s attention at this point. This is the moment where you have to start, to leave the stage is not where you start talking more but you start talking less so how do you leave this stage how do you ease out of a presentation.

Step 8: To Provide A Summary

The eighth step is to provide a summary that helps your audience connect the dots, all the different topics that you went through in your presentation, and in this way, you will not only help them understand better, but you will help them memorize the material better because this is a perfect state of increased attention to memorizing.

To go back and see all the journey that you’ve done with them on all the elements of your presentation together make meaning but also make a lasting memory.

Step 9: To Provide Actionable To-Do’s

The ninth step is to say that you should provide actionable to-do’s. If you can provide those to-do’s, these are really precious what you doing is you’re giving a gift to your audience. You are telling them and you’re giving them something that they can apply to their everyday life from that moment on.

Step 10: Comfortable With Your Presentation Material

The tenth step is to be comfortable with your presentation material, shed a light on us, and if we are not prepared it will show. If we are not confident with our material it will show, so be courageous in case somebody asks you for a presentation and you’re not ready to tell them to spend more time studying your material.

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