Preparation is key to being able to deliver a message confidently. In this video, learn how to plan and outline what you are communicating.
- The simplest, fastest and most productive way … to prepare presentations, or briefings or meeting notes … is to use index cards or cue cards … to organize your thoughts. … Identify one thought at one time … and then capture that single thought on an index card. … The beauty of this approach is that it frees you … from the need to prepare your content … in a flowing, logical manner. … We start by defining our purpose of the presentation. … Without a clear and defined purpose, … your presentation will have direction and focus. … To help you pinpoint the purpose, … answer the following questions. … Is the presentation to inform or persuade? … Is the presentation aimed … at getting the audience to take action? … What do I hope to accomplish with the presentation? … When you've identified your precise purpose, … write it on an index card labeled purpose, … then set the card aside to use as reference. … Next, move to the middle to create your main ideas. … Main ideas are the three or four principal points …
- Organizing your thoughts
- Speaking slowly, naturally, and confidently
- Breathing properly
- Using your body to reinforce speech
- Managing facial expressions
- Handling nervousness
- Voice modulation, eye contact, and gestures
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Be a Better Communicator
2. Honing Your Message
3. Say It Like You Mean It
4. Look Like You Mean It
5. Confronting Anxiety
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