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Now it's time for some editing, find a trusted colleague and ask them to help you put the finishing touches on your presentation visuals. Share your presentation's scope, describe the audience and what you hope to accomplish with your presentation. If you're not in the same location, share the visuals online, but be sure to discuss context. At this point, run through the main points without doing a full blown stand up rehearsal. Explain to your colleague that you're looking for feedback on flow, and visuals, and you need a little help in the Q&A section.
As you show each slide, share the content using the same timing and animation all the way to the final slide. When you're done, ask your colleague the following questions. Was the initial slide descriptive? Were the color, font, spacing, and visuals appealing? Were there any slides that seemed confusing? Was there a point in the presentation where you fell behind? Did you recognize a theme for my presentation? Do you remember my main points? Did there seem to be a logical flow to the information? And then, think about this.
If the colleague knows the audience, or is familiar with the topic. Can they help you brainstorm some other possible questions for the Q&A? If the presentation is shared electronically, will bullet points in the notes section of each slide capture what you're trying to say? Does your colleague recommend any additional handouts? The only way to know if you're on track, is to get feedback. Many presenters design in a vacuum, which is never a good idea.
Be brave, make bold changes to your material if you get constructive feedback. Remember, it will only make the final project better.
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