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How to deliver a great 5 minute presentation

5 minute presentations at business events are increasingly popular so here are some tips and ideas to make the most of your 5 minute opportunity.

Rule One : Don’t go over on time.

A 5 minute presentation should be just that. Not 6 minutes or 7 minutes or 10 minutes. 5 and only 5.

So how can you ensure that happens?

Firstly practice the presentation to take no more than 4 minutes. That will give you a one minute buffer on the day when your enthusiasm leads to elaboration which adds to your time.

Secondly don’t bumble around at the start – get straight in with an audience engaging statement, question or observation. Practice your first 15 seconds more than any other part of your presentation.

Rule Two : Apply the same structure to a 5 minute presentation as you would to a 25 minute one.

That means a strong start that outlines what’s coming up, a maximum of 3 key messages followed by a positive summary with an outline of the next steps you want the audience to take. All of those are possible in 5 minutes. Most 5 minute presenters don’t have a summary / next steps – often because they run out of time or they think its not a necessary part of a 5 minute presentation.

Rule Three : Don’t waste time at the start talking about yourself or your company

‘But isn’t that why I’m presenting?’ I hear you ask. As a member of your audience what I most want from your presentation are the following:

  • Things I don’t know, but ought or need to know, that will help my business
  • How your product or service is going to benefit me or my customers
  • Create for me a sense of momentum – ‘that’s a good idea I need to do that’

Achieve that and your audience will want o engage with you after your presentation.

If you spend 2 over 3 minutes of your 5 going on about how great you are, how many awards you’ve won, and then list your entire product or service range your audience will quickly switch off.

Presenting is all about audience engagement.

Rule Four : Allow twice as much preparation time for a 5 minute presentation as you would for a 25 minute one.

Its easy to think – it’s only 5 minutes I can easily fill that so I won’t need a lot of prep work. And that is the problem. It’s actually much harder to create a great 5 minute presentation than it is to create a great 25 minute one.

Generally presenters try and cram far too much into 5 minutes – hence the overrun on time most experience as well as the audience thinking ‘What actually am I supposed to takeaway from this?’

The key is to be a ruthless editor.

Every word, every image, every slide has to earn its place in a 5 minute presentation. You can get away with ‘fluffy’ content in a 25 presentation- not so in a 5 minute one.

One of the dangers when presenting as mentioned in Rule Three is thinking you need to cram in everything about your organisation and its products and services.

Rule Five : Check the venue and equipment

If you’ve only got 5 minutes to make an impact you need to use the venue you will be presenting at and the equipment available to your advantage.

That means checking in advance the size of the screen, the positioning of the projector, how you will link to the projector, the microphones if any, the audience seating arrangements.

If you are faced with a screen that is disproportionately small to the size of the audience, which is often the case, then you don’t want to be showing words on your slides that few in the audience will be able to read.

Don’t forget if there is only a fixed position microphone every time you move away from it or turn your back on it the audience may no longer hear you clearly. If you are to use a lapel mic get it all rigged up before you are due to present.

Rule Six : Don’t use A4 notes

If I see a presenter take the podium for a 5 minute presentation armed with A4 notes I immediately think three things:

  1. They don’t know their subject hence the need for the big notes.
  2. They haven’t done any practice so will be using a word for word script.
  3. With that many notes they are bound to take more than 5 minutes.

Use a postcard as a safety net with a few prompt words on it. One maybe two postcards is all you need for a 5 minute presentation. Any more than 2 and you now have a script not a prompt.

Rule Seven – have a Plan B if the equipment fails

I witnessed this recently where the slides simply refused to move forward. The presenter ploughed on regardless but the audience were distracted by two people entering the stage and trying to make the slides work.

It looked from the slide we did see that the presentation had been created using PDF’s – never a great idea and the PDF is usually originally designed for something else such as a brochure or web page.

It’s worth practicing the presentation without slides just in case. If you have a couple of props you could use have those on stand by.

You could of course ditch the slides completely. You will stand out if you do that, you will have no worries about screen sizes to contend with or equipment failing during your presentation. And you will get noticed and remembered as the person who didn’t use slides.

I do a business event presentation on growing sales with an old suitcase full of props instead of slides. It’s amazing how many people who see it mention the suitcase when I bump into them.

Final Rule : Look as though you are enjoying delivering the presentation.

Most people don’t like presenting, mainly because they don’t do it very often so it can feel unnatural and outside of their ‘comfort zone’.

Your audience though wants to be enthused by whatever you are presenting – otherwise what is the point of presenting?

So for 5 minutes, regardless of how you are feeling on the outside, give the impression you are enjoying presenting. It will have a positive effect on your audience who are used to sitting through their fair share of dour, boring, uninteresting presentations!

And you’ll feel good as well!!

If you want to make the most of your presentation opportunities and/or win more sales pitches you can reach me, Trevor Lee, on 07785 390717 or click here to email me.

For more presenting tips and advice check out my website : trevorleemedia.co.uk

And my podcast which also lots of presenting tips

You can find it on iTunes by searching for ‘attracting and retaining customers’ or follow this link : https://bit.ly/2HBc4De

Presentations and Kitchen Sinks

One of the dangers when presenting is thinking you need to cram in everything about your organisation and its products and services.

I witnessed an example of this at a business event last week.

The upshot?

Firstly the presentation ran way over time – a 10 minutes allocated slot became a 19 minute presentation. We, the audience, were warned this might happen when the presenter started by suggesting he had only just found out his time slot was less than he had expected – a lesson here in preparation!

The knock on affect was that the following speakers were under pressure and the whole event over-ran.

Secondly by using the kitchen sink approach the audience was left confused about what the actual message of the presentation was as the bombardment of information, supplemented by no less than 3 videos, was relentless.

Thirdly the onslaught was compounded by slides that were massively overly populated and made worse by a screen which was totally inadequate for the size of the room and the audience.

The key to a successful 10 minute presentation is focusing on no more than 3 messages and only delivering information that is relevant to the audience and is likely to be unknown by them.

There should be a natural flow not a series of random slides.

So here are some tips to help you deliver a great 10 minute presentation:

•Understand your audience and plan your presentation around what will be very relevant to them.

•Keep words on slides to a minimum – start with one word per slide and work up if you need to.

•Check the equipment that is available to you and build your presentation around its capabilities – in particular the size of the screen.

•Get straight in to your message. Resist the temptation to start by banging on about how great you are, the awards you’ve won etc….

•Don’t forget to have a strong finish with a clear call to action in terms of what you want the audience to do next.

•And finally to ensure you run to time practice delivering the presentation in 80% of your allocated time so if you have 10 minutes aim to deliver it in 8 during practice.

If you want to make the most of your presentation opportunities and/or win more sales pitches you can reach me, Trevor Lee, on 07785 390717 or click here to email me.

Make sure your presentation kit works!

I attended a couple of business events last week, both of which emphasised how important smooth running equipment is to delivering a great presentation.

At one event the intro ‘impact’ video refused to play and at the other the screen was in a recess in the wall making it difficult for those on side tables to see it.

100+ people were at one of the events and the speakers decided not to use the microphone that was available. Outcome : Difficult to hear them, especially when they spoke from the sideways on position – you know the one where the speaker is facing sideways so they can read from the screen and occasionally turn towards the audience.

The sideways position disengages the speaker from their audience, especially those who are now looking mainly at the speakers back.

So here are a couple of tips:

Video:

Do a sound and video check before the audience arrives. Get someone to play the video while you stand at the back of the room to check you can see and hear it.

If the video / audio doesn’t work or is of poor quality you will need a Plan B, especially if you only discover this on the day. Be ready to drop it, don’t waste time trying to get it to work when your audience are in situ.

Microphones:

Here’s my rule of presenting using microphones : Those who think they don’t need a mic are the ones who usually do.

If you are in a large room use a mic. Check with the organisers what is available – ideally a wireless lapel mic. Arrive early and do a sound check. When it’s time for your presentation you don’t want to start with a mic check saying ‘Can you all hear me?’

If you use a handheld mic don’t eat it, hold it a few centimetres in front of you.

If no mic is available speak boldly and aim your voice at the back of the room. Stand facing the audience and don’t speak too fast – throw in a few pauses to ensure the audience keeps up.

Don’t keep looking at the screen

The difference between good and average presenters is often the way they interact with the screen.

Confident, well prepared speakers will occasionally glance at the screen ensuring their attention and eye contact is clearly focused on their audience.

Average presenters check each slide as it appears and poor presenters read from the screen.

And finally don’t use A4 notes – if I’m in the audience and a speaker turns up with A4 notes it says two things to me:

  1. They don’t know their subject hence the need for extensive notes
  2. They haven’t prepared very well

Have a few one word prompts written on a postcard as a safety net, held discreetly in your hand – this also gives you something to hold. My rule for postcard notes – one postcard for every 7 slides.

Presenting is an increasingly important business skill which can win you business, gain you promotion, attract investment, get you a new job, retain a key client, increase your profile etc….

So if you get a chance to present do prepare well and practice enough to deliver confidently on the day.

If you need help to become a great presenter, speaker and sales pitcher call me, Trevor Lee, on 07785 390717 or email me via trevor@trevorleemedia.co.uk

Engage your audience if you want to deliver a successful presentation in 2018

Engaging presentations – focus on your audience by delivering what they want to learn from you, not what they already know or could easily find out. 

If you want to deliver engaging presentations you have to engage your audience so why do so many presenters start off with loads of information about the company and themselves: “This is who we are, this is how great we are, this is our new logo, this is a picture of our building and all our staff, these are the awards we have won, these are the services or products we offer……etc..etc..etc..…”

Wow – I didn’t realise you were so great …..yawn, yawn, yawn.

As a member of the audience I don’t need to know about you or your company, I can easily find that out by going to your company website or looking at your personal LinkedIn profile.

If I’m in your audience I have given up my time to listen to you speak so:

I want to be educated and informed.

I want to know how to improve what I do.

I want to solve some of the problems I have within my business.

I want ideas that will help me attract new customers and generate more revenue.

I want to learn from your experiences of doing something different that would help me achieve my business goals.

I think you get the general idea.

So if you do get a presenting opportunity in 2018 focus your entire presentation around your audience. In so doing you will have a higher rate of engagement with them, they are much less likely to be bored by your presentation, and if you have demonstrated how you could solve their particular problem they may well want to hire your services. Make yours engaging presentations.

That’s it.

It’s all about the audience engagement.

Merry Christmas and good luck with your 2018 presentations.

If you would like to enhance your presentation skills or those of your company in readiness for your presentations and pitches in 2018 I would be delighted to help.

Please call me, Trevor Lee, on 07785 390717 or email me via trevor@trevorleemedia.co.uk

Presentation and Pitch Tips

Making the most of your presentation and pitch opportunity

If you have a presentation coming up you will want to make the most of the opportunity that it offers.

So here are some tips to help you deliver an engaging, confident, knowledgeable and competent presentation that will win you business.

Big Start

Next time you attend an event with multiple presenters check how many of those speakers start with an apology, usually something about their voice, the cold they have just been struck down with etc… and then check how many make a tottering start by rambling on about nothing in particular or decide its a good idea to tell a joke or those who spend the first minute or so of their presentation checking everyone can hear them and working out the clicker works.

If you want to deliver a really good engaging presentation then don’t do any of the above!

Instead go straight in with a dramatic, bold statement or image that will immediately get the attention of your audience – “Did you know 64% of people living in this city don’t ….”

Your Promise

After the big start immediately follow up with your promise which is essentially what you are going to deliver to the audience during your presentation and why they should be interested in giving it and you their full attention.

“Ladies and Gentlemen over the next 15 minutes I’m going to show you three ways in which you can attract more customers to your business”.

Keep slides and words on slides to a minimum

I feel like I’m now on some sort of personal crusade to encourage all presenters to be ruthless editors when it comes to the use of slides. I just can’t see the point of filling a slide with words, words that most people in the audience may not be able to read because they are too far away from the screen.

If they can read the words they will do so rather than listening or looking at you.

And there is a temptation for you as the presenter to also start reading the words!

Slides should be seen as a prompt for your audience not a script for yourself.

Every slide and every image and every word on those slides has to earn its right to be part of your presentation. Be ruthless. If a word or image or slide is not needed  then drop it from the presentation.

If you are going to use slides my advice is start each slide with one word on it and then add more words if you really need to. This neatly leads me into my next tip:

Look at your audience

Try wherever possible to keep your eyes on your audience and not on the screen. Many presenters have a this natural tendency to keep looking at the screen even though their slide hasn’t changed and then they end up talking to the screen and not the audience. Eye contact with your audience will help you engage with them. What’s the point of you engaging with the screen!

Use your best presenter

If your presentation is a pitch to win business then you need to use the best presenter at your disposal. Usually that will be someone from within your company, but it might not be the person with the highest ranking job title.

More than one of you presenting

If your presentation involves more than one presenter then it’s really important that you have a clear understanding as to who is doing what, otherwise you can give the audience the impression that you are not a particularly organised company and that your people don’t work together very well.

My advice is that if you have two people on the presentation that one of them focuses on the introduction, the opening, the summary and handling the questions whilst the other person delivers the core messages and the detailed content within those messages.

If you have three people involved in the presentation I would stick to the same structure as above but share the key messages between two of the presenters.

And finally regardless of how experienced you are as a presenter or how easy you think it will be to deliver the presentation or win the pitch you need to set aside plenty of time for Preparation and Practice

When I work with individuals and companies helping them deliver really great presentations I bang on about just how important Preparation and Practice are.

So much so that they top and tail my 8P’s of presenting model which covers:

Preparation, Purpose, People, Promise, Plan, PowerPoint, Performance, Practice.

If you would like to enhance the presentation skills or you or your company in readiness for your presentations and pitches in 2018 I would be delighted to help.

Call me on 07785 390717 or email me via trevor@trevorleemedia.co.uk

How to avoid delivering a boring presentation

‘Death by Powerpoint’!

We’ve all experienced it!

So how can you avoid delivering a boring presentation?

Here are some thoughts and ideas:

Immediately engage your audience

Your audience will be making a decision within the first 30 seconds of your presentation as to whether they think you are worth paying attention to so you need a dynamic and exciting start.

So why do many presenters start by fiddling around with the clicker, making excuses for their voice, trying to crack a joke, checking if everyone can hear them or mumbling along about nothing in particular?

Launch straight in with a bold statement, a thought provoking observation, prop or image. Use your voice and body language to create a positive, audience engaging environment right from the start.

Slides are boring

Or at least having too many can be. Do you actually need slides? If you do then be a ruthless editor and ensure each slide earns its place in your presentation.

Words on slides are really boring

Why oh why do so many presenters feel it necessary to fill their slides with so many words? As an audience member I don’t want your script on screen, I want the odd word that reminds or prompts me as to what you are talking about. So start with one word per slide and add others only if necessary.

Do you really need a slide template?

Bigger companies and organisations seem to deem it necessary to have a slide ‘template’ which usually means their logo, name and some fancy colour scheme or subtle (or not so subtle ) background on every single slide!

It’s as though they are paranoid that between slides you as an member of the audience will completely forget who they are!

Templates make slides look identical to each other – and guess what – constant repetition is boring!

So ditch the templates and be creative!

Put on a show

Like it or not a presentation is a performance. You want to be memorable. Your audience may not remember all or even most of the detail of your presentation but you do want them to remember you.

I do a presentation called ‘5 top sales tips’ – I don’t use slides instead I use an old suitcase full of props to illustrate the 5 tips. It’s amazing how many people mention the suitcase long after the presentation. How many people remember your presentations?

Use Props

Ditching the slides or supporting them with props will make you more memorable – and a presentation with props is rarely boring!

Use your best presenter

Many presentations are executed by senior people within an organisation. Rarely are they the best presenters often because the higher their seniority the less inclined they feel the need to prepare and practice.

Your best experts or most senior people are not always your best presenters. If you were the CEO or Chairperson of a football club you wouldn’t take a crucial penalty would you? Of course not. It would be taken by the club’s best penalty taker. So find out who the best presenter in your company or organisation is and let them do the presentation.

Don’t use A4 notes

Presenters who turn up with A4 notes send out one of two messages : ‘I haven’t prepared for this so I need a script’ – ‘I don’t know anything about this so I need a script.’

There is a often a link between the size and length of notes and boring presentations. Generally speaking the more notes the speaker has the more boring the presentation. I would recommend a couple of postcards for your prompt words.

Make it fun

If the first reaction of your audience is ‘Oh no not another PowerPoint presentation’ then aim to make your presentation an enjoyable experience for everyone. Too many presentations are too serious in both their content and delivery.

Prepare well and Practice

Good preparation and some practice will make you feel more confident when delivering. That confidence in itself will make you more engaging and thus reduce the opportunity to be seen as boring.

If you need help preparing and delivering engaging presentations that get results please give me, Trevor Lee, a call on 07785 390717 or email me via trevor@trevorleemedia.co.uk.

Presentation coming up? Make sure you know the equipment!

First rule of using equipment when presenting?

Check it beforehand – and ideally not on the day – so you know what you’re working with in terms of screens, projectors, laptops, clickers, microphones etc…

I was at an event recently with about 130 others.

The screen was pretty large but even so it was not one that was easily seen by most of the room. The speaker then suddenly discovered to her horror that not only was the glorious sunshine affecting the screen but the words on the slides weren’t visible.

It was clearly one of those cases where they looked great on her laptop but obviously didn’t work on the big screen in a sun filled room. Credit to her that she carried on irrespective that no one could see her slides but it did become a wasted opportunity.

Watch out also for overhead projectors.  

At one event I attended earlier in the year the main speaker managed to continually stand in a position so that the light beam was hitting him on top of his head and therefore not only reflecting his shadow on the screen but also lighting up his head! He had no idea this was going on. Check where the beam will be and thus where not to stand!

If there is a microphone available then use it. Most people who think they don’t need a mic actually do.

Check in advance how your slides will move forward. You don’t want to be fiddling around with the clicker when you are supposed to be delivering an attention grabbing opening.

In terms of low tech kit I always have a few postcard size notes with me with just a few headings on just in case I lose my place when I’m presenting.

They provide a confidence boosting safety net and and also give me something to hold in one of my hands. I was at the event recently where the no doubt highly paid guest speaker decided to go noteless but his backup was a series of A4 size scribbled sheets. He lost his place a few times towards the end of his presentation and he kept looking down onto a table and flicking through his A4 notes to try and find where he was. It wasn’t very impressive.

Similarly I witnessed someone who started off with postcard sized notes in their hand but then halfway through for some reason put them on a table at the side. What had started as a really good engaging presentation suddenly became very disorganised as she lost eye contact with the audience in trying to read the notes over her shoulder.

Finally if you are going to use slides don’t fill every last square inch on the screen with either a word or logo or some branding etc.. One of the common problems with presentations is that the presenters insist on filling the screen with tons of words or complex diagrams or lots of images on the same slide.

Inevitably presenters then spend most of their time looking at the screen and pretty much reading what is on it. Minimise the content on the slides – it will be much more impactful.

Remember the screen is there is a prompt for your audience not a script for yourself. 

Of course the best way to not have to worry about equipment is to ditch the slides. More on that in my next blog.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to share.

 

Do your presentations win or lose you business?

Presentations are a great opportunity to win new customers, grow business from existing ones, raise your profile, inspire your colleagues and gain investment.

They are also an opportunity to lose business and lower your profile.

So why do presentations go wrong? It’s usually for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Not enough time was spent preparing
  • No thought was given to what the audience wanted to hear
  • The presenter spent too much time on trivial stuff at the start – and tried to be funny
  • There were too many slides
  • Containing too many words
  • Trying to get over too many messages
  • ​The presentation went over on time and people got bored

Some of the excuses I’ve heard for defending what was clearly a poor presentation include:

I was only told about this last night.

In the car on the way here it was under 3 minutes (for a 3 minute presentation that on the day took 8).

How was I to know the screen would be that small. 

My spouse /partner said my opening joke was really funny.

No one told me the audience was expecting only 5 minutes.

I should have had ‘clicker’ lessons.

Most presenters usually know quite well in advance that a presentation opportunity is coming up. So there is no excuse for a poor presentation.

Ok you are nervous but so to a degree are even the most experienced presenters.

Which is why the best presenters prepare throughly and practise hard. They check the venue and equipment in advance, they find out who will be in the audience, they understand that they need a powerful attention grabbing opening and that slides should be minimal with few words. They are ruthless editors when it comes to using Powerpoint.

They know that three is the most key messages the audience will absorb so they plan carefully what those three are.

They understand how important having a good, concise summary and finish is.

They carry prompt cards just in case they lose their place – no scrambling through sheets of A4 for top presenters.

And then they rehearse. And time those rehearsals. And rehearse again. Not enough to be word perfect but enough to not mess it up.

Good luck with your next presentation, although if you prepare well and practise the luck factor is not that important.

If you need help presenting let me know.

5 things we learnt about pitching from a recent episode of ‘The Apprentice’

1. Don’t waste time at the beginning:

The project manager of the losing team began their presentation talking about things that the audience already knew, telling stories about GB’s Olympic success and the cycling market generally. In any pitch or presentation you need to start with something that immediately captures and engages your audience and that usually means telling them something they don’t already know. The presenter also turned the audience off by saying ‘I know you think this is just waffle’.

2. Engage with your audience:

The winning team used humour and personality to immediately engage at the beginning of their pitch with their audience. This strong start ultimately enabled them to gain the two orders which made the difference to winning and losing. The successful team had their most charismatic presenter on first and that proved to be a winning tactic..

3. Know who is going to be saying what:

It’s never easy doing a pitch or presentation when there are more than one of you involved. In those situations it is vital that you all know exactly who’s going to be saying what and when. The losing team were expecting their second speaker to cover pricing which he failed to do so leaving the third speaker caught on the hop having to deal with this important part of the presentation. if you present in pairs or three’s then make sure you have enough time to prepare and practice so you clearly know what each other is going to be saying.

4. Know your numbers and think like your audience:

In any sales pitch prices and incentives to buy will form a key part in your audience making a decision about placing an order with you. Last night’s losing team completely misunderstood the buying expectation of those that could have placed big orders with them by offering them the same discount as they offered to those who would in reality only place small orders with them. The potential large buyer put them on the spot about this and they failed to deal successfully with it simply because they hadn’t anticipated his reaction. In any pitch or presentation always put yourselves in the shoes of the audience and think how you would react to the presentation and what questions you would ask.

5. Finish strongly:

No matter how long your pitch or presentation is you need to have a strong finish as it is the last thing your audience hear from you before making a decision about whether to buy from you. The team that did win were fortunate that they’d had a very strong start because their finish was particularly poor when they focused on a social media campaign which no one understood instead of reminding the audience of the key benefits of their product and inviting them to place orders with them.

If you have an important pitch or presentation to make I can help you ensure that you make the most of that opportunity. Simply give me a call on 07785 390717 or drop me an email to trevor@trevorleemedia.co.uk

I work with company’s as well as individuals, with each session designed to match you or your company’s presenting needs.

Presenting is an increasingly invaluable business skill so make sure you are the best presenter in your sector and use presenting to help you stand out and win business.

Practise your presentation like a music piece

I recently had the pleasure of being allowed to observe at close quarters a brass band who were rehearsing a test piece prior to the UK national championships which are taking place at the Royal Albert Hall this weekend.

The piece was 18 minutes long yet not once during the two hour session did they play it from start to finish, and this was the fourth such rehearsal.

Instead the conductor focused on individual segments with more often than not only certain sections of the thirty strong band playing.

This made me think about rehearsing a presentation.

Firstly most people don’t practice their presentations enough, if at all, and secondly I imagine most practice the whole thing straight through.

So here’s a suggestion. Break your presentation down into three key sections – the Opening, the Core or Key Messages and the Summary or Finish.

Work on each section when you practice, particularly with regard to the opening.

Why do this?

Firstly the opening of a presentation is crucial to gaining the attention of your audience. It is also the time when most presenters feel most nervous. Nail the opening 30 seconds and you will relax and any nerves will dissipate as you move onto the core or middle part.

The core part will usually take up around 75% of your allocated time and provide the detail, the key points, the explanation. This is the bit where you are sharing ideas, your expertise and knowledge so it’s usually the bit most presenters feel most comfortable with, so in a sense it needs the least practice. It is also the part of the presentation where presenters overrun on time. They relax into the presentation, begin to enjoy it and start adding to their content which results in an overrun on time.

Which in turn means they often run out of time for the final section, the finish or summary. I’ve seen countless presenters suddenly announce that they have overrun or having been advised through a series of signals from the organiser (usually the good old tapping on the watch signal) they literally stop. A quick thank you and off they go.

The summary is the last thing your audience hear from you so it’s your chance to remind them of why they should be interested in your product or service and to tell them what you would like them to do next, so it’s vital you don’t miss this bit out and it’s important you know what you’re going to say.

Many presenters fail to practice their summary even if they practice everything else.

So practice like a brass band and break your presentation in chunks – the start, the middle and the finish allocating your practice equally to all three.

Then pull it all together for a couple of full run throughs. You’ll find this a much more effective way of rehearsing and it will ensure you have a great start and really good finish.

Good luck with your next presentation and good luck to the Tongwynlais Band who’s rehearsal inspired this article.

If you would like help with your presentations please give me, Trevor Lee, a call on 07785 390717 or email me via trevor@trevorleemedia.co.uk

I work with company’s as well as individuals, with each session designed to match you or your company’s presenting needs.

Presenting is an increasingly invaluable business skill so make sure you are the best presenter in your sector and use presenting to help you stand out and win business.