1. We can break down every presentation to three elements - the open, body and close. In creating an engaging presentation, it's important to think about what will capture the group's attention, and quickly connect them to what's important about the topic for them. The close is also as important as the start and may include a quick recap of key themes or leaving people to think about what their next steps are.
The body is the bulk of the presentation. A quick tip around making this memorable is to consider honing in you material to 3 main points. What are those three points? what can you do to anchor the presentation around those
2. WIIFM -WIIFM stands for What's In It for Me. Connecting people early on to what is important for them in the presentation is a critical part of engagement. We have a very short window of time to capture people's attention. What will you do to get people to connect with their WIIFM?
Possible questions you might want to ask are:
What's important for you about this topic?
How does this topic impact your work right now?
What would be a good use of our time?
The question to connect people to their WIIFM will vary according to what the context I.
3. Preparation - Even seasoned presenters know how important it is to prepare for presentations. Reviewing the materials out loud is just as important as reading ti through. Note that you have all materials. Think about what questions you may be asked. Think about your transition points in the presentation and how you will move from one section to another. Consider how you will engage your audience? What is the takeaway you want them to leave with?
4. Engagement - Helping people connect early on with their WIIFM brings people into the conversation. It does not guarantee that people will remain engaged. Take note of what your group member's preferences are. What do they value - speed? Implementation? Practicality? Detail? Having a variety of different engagement tools and back pocket activities can be useful to have on hand. Some of these are facilitated processes, or it may be a coaching question, or it might be a process like a one-page plan framework. What will help people engage with each other?
5. Pacing - Every group or meeting will have it's own pace. What is the pace which is going to serve this group best? Are they used to moving quickly and getting into action OR does this group prefer detailed focus step-by-step?
Have a great weekend,
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