How to give a presentation: (2) learning from observation

One of the services that FJWilson Talent Services offers is presentation training. Here our presentation coach, Anthony Haynes, provides the second in a series of concise, practical, tips.

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As well as giving workshops on presentation skills, from time to time I attend other people’s workshops to see what I can learn from them. A couple of years ago I attended an excellent workshop run by Janet Morris for the Independent Theatre Council. The first thing Janet did was ask participants to reflect on presentations they’d seen.

We had no difficulty drawing up a list of examples of bad practice. We were then challenged to avoid the bad practice in our own presentations.

So let me now invite you to do the same: reflect on presentations you’ve experienced and draw up your own list.

By way of making a start, I’ll just say a word about a day I attended at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering.

During the day, I saw fifteen presentations. At the end of the day, the professor awarded a prize for the best one. During the day, fourteen of the presenters spent some of the time looking backwards at their slides, rather than forwards at the audience. One didn’t. And fourteen of them (the same fourteen) spoke too fast for the audience (well, this member of the audience at least) to take in the information. One didn’t. Who do you think won the prize?

Yes, you guessed it!  🙂

Next in the series: communication, stupid.


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