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Introducing your agenda

From: Public Speaking Fundamentals

Video: Introducing your agenda

Most people won't even attend a meeting unless they know the agenda. I know I won't. But when is the best time to introduce an agenda? The most effective way is actually well before your presentation. Your agenda needs to have the purpose of the presentation, what will be discussed, who will be participating, and how long it will last. For most business meetings and presentations, make sure your audience has this agenda in writing before you present.

Introducing your agenda

Most people won't even attend a meeting unless they know the agenda. I know I won't. But when is the best time to introduce an agenda? The most effective way is actually well before your presentation. Your agenda needs to have the purpose of the presentation, what will be discussed, who will be participating, and how long it will last. For most business meetings and presentations, make sure your audience has this agenda in writing before you present.

For this video, you saw the title and the length of the presentation before you decided to view it. Well guess what, that's the agenda. You already know what topic I'm discussing, the learning objective, and the length of the video. If I started by saying "In this video we'll cover how to introduce an agenda," well that would be redundant. I'd risk losing your interest and attention almost immediately. In most cases, if your audience can see a written agenda before your presentation, you don't need to introduce it.

You can simply refer to it during your presentation to help keep everyone on track. During the presentation it's always a good idea to briefly remind your audience about where you are going. This is where the teaser approach works well. The goal of the teaser is to build interest in upcoming agenda items. You do this by giving the audience a little bit of information that makes them want to know more. For example, you might say "We have some exciting news from our HR department, which I'll share with you after we discuss quarterly results." Make sure your audience knows the overall agenda before your meeting or presentation. Provide them with key details in writing. Then look for opportunities within your presentation to tell your audience what they have to look forward to.

Use the teaser approach to keep your audience alert and interested.

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