1. Remember that people remember the start and end of things. What are known as the "latency" and "recency" effect play out for your group members. They will most likely remember how you start your presentation and how you end it, and the mid-point is likely to be fuzzy. Ensure that you reinforce key messages at the start and end of your presentation.
2 Less is more - Trying to fit too much into your presentation may lead to a sense of overwhelm and lack of clarity. Consider what are the key messages you want people to remember and/or take action on. As you go to prepare consider what are :
a) the key messages you want to communicate - if you had to bullet the presentation down to 3 bullets, what would they be?
b) what elements of the presentation are essential - at the core, what do you want to make sure you want to cover?
c) what needs further reinforcement - what key ideas need reinforcement? When and how will you reinforce these?
d) what needs to be pruned - yes, sometimes we do need to cut out a chunk!
3. Make it about the participant's experience. Leading from the WIIFM - What' sin it for me - helps people connect early on with how a presentation connects with their world. it puts them in the driver's seat right away. What can you do to help people connect with the WIIFM?
In an upcoming presentation, consider how these three areas can further strengthen what you have to say.
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