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1 Presentation Skills Essentials
Good Audience Rapport Dynamic Introduction and Conclusion Coherent, Logical Organization Clear Transitions Effective Handling of Questions Clear Speech

2 Good Audience Rapport Eye Contact Body Language: posture, gestures,
facial expressions Generally Friendly Demeanor Appearing to Enjoy Yourself

3 Are you a…? hula dancer soldier handwasher star gazer birdwatcher
wall talker pendulum surfer Leaning Tower of Pisa

4 Don’t stand behind a barrier which creates a physical, psychological, and communicative distance between you and your audience. Do not turn your back to the audience. Doing so is an insult to them. Your slide is not the “star” of your presentation; it is only an aid to understanding. Speak first, then show your slide. If you show the visual first, the audience will not listen to your words. Once slides are visible, then LOOK, TURN, TALK. The audience and their satisfaction is the most important consideration during your presentation. Keeping their attention and interest is crucial. Maintain eye contact. Look at your audience 90% of the time. Check to see if your listeners are understanding. Smile. Be friendly and enthusiastic.

Don't turn your back on any part of the audience to look at slides on the screen behind you. Don't speak while looking down at the document camera. Don't crowd slides. Too much information is frustrating to the audience. Don’t use complicated, crowded charts and graphs. Don’t use complete sentences; use graphics as much as possible. Do maintain parallel structure throughout your text. Do have a back-up plan (copies of slides) in case something goes wrong. Do select slide layouts carefully. Fancy is not always better. Bright colors, backgrounds, fancy fonts, etc., can get in the way of the information you are presenting. Do check and re-check the sequence of slides. It is very irritating to an audience to watch the presenter shuffle back and forth trying to find a particular slide.

6 An Attention-getting Introduction
Components of a good introduction: Welcome the audience Get their attention with: - an amazing fact - an interesting story or personal anecdote - a problem to think about - a thought-provoking question - a famous quote Other considerations: Is it a good idea to use humor? How do you establish credibility?

7 A Dynamic Conclusion Briefly summarize the main points of your talk.
Ask if there are any questions. Thank the audience. Do NOT say:

8 Asking and Answering Questions
Asking Questions 1) Signal question. 2) Ask and wait (3 seconds). 3) Hint/encourage, if necessary. 4) Evaluate and repeat correct answer. Answering Questions 1) Clarify and repeat/restate the question. 2) Answer the question. 3) Check for satisfaction.

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