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1 What can you do to WOW the crowd? Engaging your audience is sometimes difficult, so this session will provide you tips to make your presentation stand out. Moderator: Stacy Ramsey, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Illinois State University Presenters: Julie Nelson, Regional Recruitment Director, Xavier University Tom Richmond, Director of Enrollment Management for Admission Marketing, Bradley University Audience: Secondary, Post-Secondary; Newcomers and Veterans How to Give a Fun and Memorable Presentation

2 Introductions and Welcomes Mobius strip “Speaking about Speaking” What should an introduction include? JN

3 Audience Analysis The average newspaper is written for a 7th grade reading level… What is your audience? 7th graders? Professionals? Mixed? Think about your presentation from the audience perspective. If you were going to go to this presentation, what would you want it to tell you? TR

4 Audience Analysis For example, we researched the other session choices that you had back in March. We guessed who might come. We guessed your likely interest. We guessed that more than half of you would be high school counselors. Know what you are speaking against – Another IACAC session, a local football game? JN Don’t be afraid to ask for a brief show of hands, or if your crowd is small enough, to engage them in a brief pre-show conversation or ask the same question of all of them.

5 What is a Presentation? A transfer of ideas, information or emotions to another person or group of people. TR

6 Have a Point If you can’t tell someone what they will learn in one sentence, your presentation is not yet focused enough. JN

7 Establishing Your Credibility Be the Expert TR

8 Tell Stories The Tale of the Hoff Family Dining Center JN

9 A Formula for Speaking Speech 101 for Engineers– formula vs. be self TR

10 Best Practices for Technologies  PowerPoint is a signpost. Don’t read the slides  Have someone, not you, proof your show.  Are you giving a document or a presentation? If it’s a document, just give it to everyone and let them read it at their leisure.  Don’t count on an internet connection.  Just because PowerPoint CAN do it doesn’t mean you should. BothBoth

11 Moderator: Stacy Ramsey, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Illinois State University Presenters: Julie Nelson, Regional Recruitment Director, Xavier University Tom Richmond, Director of Enrollment Management for Admission Marketing, Bradley University Audience: Secondary, Post-Secondary; Newcomers and Veterans

12 Audience Bill of Rights BothBoth  The right to hear a presentation about what the program says it will be about.  The right to receive a presentation that starts and ends on time.  The right not to be bored. If I gave you my time, I’m interested in the topic. It isn’t boring to me. So, don’t say it is, and don’t accept that “some things are just boring.”  The right to have fun.

13 Handouts – To Have or Not to Have TR  Paper vs. Electronic (Green)  How many copies will you need?  Does the audience really need a copy of your handout? Every page?  Are you distributing copyrighted material?  Website Download?  ?  Don’t hand out the written stuff at the beginning!

14 Miscellaneous Tips  Google/network to see if anyone has already done your presentation.  Nail the first minute to kill “stage fright.”  Be an “entertrainer.”  Don’t underestimate the power of the pause. BothBoth

15 Handling and Encouraging Q&A JN  Leave enough time  Anticipate the most likely questions  Treat all questions with respect

16 What can you do to WOW the crowd? Engaging your audience is sometimes difficult, so this session will provide you tips to make your presentation stand out. How to Give a Fun and Memorable Presentation Moderator: Stacy Ramsey, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Illinois State University Presenters: Julie Nelson, Regional Recruitment Director, Xavier University Tom Richmond, Director of Enrollment Management for Admission Marketing, Bradley University Audience: Secondary, Post-Secondary; Newcomers and Veterans


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