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How to prepare a presentation that meets your goals


You don’t have to be the best speaker to design and deliver a great learning experience. You do have to be willing to prepare a presentation that meets your goals.

 

Presenters should start with three key steps:

 

1-Make sure all presentations use objectives effectively.

2-Give people information in a meaningful and engaging way.

3-Take time to and look for inspiration develop better presentations.

 

1-Make sure all presentations use objectives effectively.

Spend 20 minutes outlining specific learning objectives

-First Step: Open up a blank Word document, or PowerPoint or best of all open up a lesson plan template

-Second Step: Finish this sentence: “By the end of this session, my learners will be able to…” (hint: the next word should be an action-oriented, observable verb such as “demonstrate” or “explain” or “compare” or “assess”; it should never be a verb that you, as the facilitator, cannot see or observe such as “know” or “understand”)

-Third Step: Repeat step #2 two or three or four more times (depending on how much time you have and whether you want to go broad or deep when it comes to your topic).

 

2-Give people information in a meaningful and engaging way.

Ask yourself these questions:

-What is my motivation for presenting?

-What should my audience realistically be able to do differently or better as the result of my presentation?

-How can I engage and capture my audience’s imagination and get them as excited about my topic as I am?

-Is my presentation designed to bring my audience along with me during the learning process?

-Am I willing to put in the time and effort (and/or find help) to prepare a presentation that leads to an amazing learning experience?

 

3-Take time to and look for inspiration develop better presentations.

There may be a variety of effective alternatives to PowerPoint, but the fact remains: PowerPoint is the most commonly used presentation tool in use today.

 

By Brian Washburn

 

Tell us about your tactics for preparing a presentation in the comments.

 

About the author

Brian Washburn

Named a 2011 Top Young Trainer by Training Magazine, Brian Washburn has been working in the fields of instructional design and adult learning for over 14 years.

 

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