Maybe you have a big presentation coming up: a sales talk, cooking class or training event. Even if you don’t, this list is handy to help you simply show up and shine brightly. I love lists – my journal is full of them. Not only are they fun to write, they help you organize your thoughts and remind you of important stuff. Hospitals rely extensively on checklists — people’s lives are at stake and not every employee is fully focused on what they’re doing every second of the long days they work. Notice that this checklist is not for "Perfect Presentations;" it’s for presentations where you feel natural, authentic and powerful because you know what you’re about. I’m not really sure if a presentation can be perfect. To me, "perfect" and "presentation" go together like "chair" and "hug." Not so well.
YOUR AMAZING PRESENTATION CHECKLIST
1. Why are you presenting in this particular situation? Why you? Why now? Get clear on this before moving on.
2. What is the communication objective? What outcome do you seek? (Sometimes you’re not sure, in that case, ask yourself this: Who do I want to be during this presentation?)
3. What do you know about your audience? Why are they there? What do they want from you?
4. Why do you care about your topic? Why is it important to you and why should your audience care?
5. What do you want the audience to remember? (This is a good time to THINK SMALL!)
6. What information can you send them later? (Details.)
7. How can you have fun with this opportunity? If having fun seems beyond the realm of possibility, ask yourself how you would like to feel while you’re presenting. At least you want to feel relaxed.
If you take the time to answer these questions first, everything else — your organization, support material and evidence will literally fall into place.
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