You practice your Presentation (material), you practice your Presentment (style), but do you practice your Props?
Props are those things that support your presentation. They could be pictures, graphics, PowerPoint slide decks, or demos.
Left unattended or unpracticed, they could spell ruin to your presentation.
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs had bet-the-business product debuts publically de-railed by mal-functioning demonstrations. In this age of instant video and social media, a faux pas in your demo could go viral with you becoming the butt of jokes on the morning news the next day.
Practice your material with your props. The night before, make sure your Props are in order, ensure demos and examples work. If you are using computer networks, make sure to have and use your own, and secure them to ensure you are the only user.
Forget your Props and they will bite you. HARD!!
To be the best speaker learn the power of an evaluation.
The secret is in the receiving and giving!
When you want to enter information into a computer there is a systematic way of going about it. The reverse of that is also true. Getting information from a computer is easier if you do it in a precise and systematic way. One of the problems with presenting data to an audience is that you have no control on how they are going to process this data. So if your audience perceives garbage coming in they will then let the garbage go out. It is your job as a presenter to set-up and control how the audience takes in your data. If you can make it easy for your audience to take in that information and process that it, the more likely your audience will retain what you are telling them. If you have distractions intertwined with your data, your audience will be distracted and as a result miss what you are telling them. Remember perceived garbage coming in means actual garbage going out.
“Few people make it to the top without first making it to their feet!” Lani Arrendondo once said. It is a statement that holds much truth. You can influence your fellow managers, subordinates or your employees, if you can influence an audience. When you learn to persuade an audience, you well on the way to influence others. We have all been audience member one time and we sit there being extremely bored. Either the speaker tried to fill us with facts, figures and non-essential tidbits of information or they were bored themselves.
The key question a speaker or presenter have to ask themselves is; “Are your audience members asking themselves where the hour went or are they flummoxed because it has only been 5 minutes since you started speaking and it feels like an eternity has gone by.” Do yourself a favor and more importantly your audience.
Learn to persuade people. Everyone will love you for it!