Executive Presentation Skills
Barbara Boltax, Consultant
- Preparation: Organize your notes on a worksheet to make sure your main points are clear and not too complex. Limit of three or four supportive points under each of three main headings.
- Formalize your Agenda
- keep it visible for the audience and refer to it periodically
- place it on a flip chart on the wall
- or on a repeating slide or overhead
Remember - Your audience has a short attention span.
- Listening: The audiences will listen better when they have a framework for what they will be hearing.
- Limit the number of categories in your agenda to three broad categories
- Opening: allow the audience and speaker to get used to each other. Especially important if the speaker's accent is unusual for the audience.
- Plan to use a quote, anecdote, photo, for the opening. Be flexible: modify your opening if a better idea or opportunity emerges based on what happens right before you begin.
- Introduction: One crisp sentence to introduce the main idea. Then give the organization of the talk based on three categories.
- "Tell them what you are going them, tell them, then tell them what you told them."
- Summarize: Provide a mini-summary after completing the four points in each main category.
- Conclusion: Then give your conclusions, with three or four key ideas.
- Delivery: Be sure to practice your talk several times to increase your fluidity.
- Visuals: Use examples and slides as appropriate to illustrate core messages.
- Body language: Face the audience, not the slide, and point out exactly what you and what the audience to be looking at.
- Style: Study different style of TV journalists and adapt what works for you.
- Impact: You can increase the impact by lowering your pitch, using pauses.
- Energy: To be taken seriously you must have energy, not necessarily enthusiasm.
- Appearance: Get feedback from colleagues on how your dress and appearance are perceived and if they works for the purpose of your talk.
- Gestures: Use forceful gestures to release nervous energy in a positive way.
- Credibility: Credibility comes from your command of the topic and your comfort with the audience.
Barbara R. Boltax Inc.
200 E. 61st St.
New York, NY 10021