50. Tell A Story

The key to a good presentation is to make sure you are telling an engaging story. No matter what the topic is of your presentation, tying the slides together into an overall story is key. Imagine if your presentation is an old style flipbook where the headlines for each page string together to tell your story. A good story has a beginning, middle and end and so should your presentations. The set up and exec summaries can be found in the beginning, recommendations and next steps at the end and your insights are the glue that holds it all together.

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49. Two Is Often Better Than One

It is difficult to give an effective presentation, take notes, answer the questions and read the reactions of your audience all at the same time. So when making presentations, I have found it helpful to team up with a colleague. While one person is talking or presenting the other is taking notes and watching the people in the room. During the presentation we can easily swap these roles so each person get enough air time in the presentation. After the meeting we compare notes and observations to get the full picture. My partner then has the opportunity afterwards to give me a pointer or enlighten me on something I missed in the conversation so I can improve my skills going forward. So by presenting with a partner, you can give more attention to your audience and have more attentive follow-up while improving your skillset. A win-win-win.

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48. Create Extra Slides

When you are creating presentations, telling a story is job one.  However, it is important to anticipate the questions that can come from your audience.  But anticipating questions is only the first step.  Next you will want to thoroughly answer the question.  Then the key is to create a slide that will address both the question and the answer and put it in the appendix. For each presentation you may want to create 1-5 appendix slides for key potential questions, then not only will you be ready for the presentation but also for the questions that come along with it.  This thoroughness and thoughtfulness will help you land your overall presentation points.

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