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Effective Presentation Design & Delivery

Rehearsal

It is not enough to just review your script and notes. You need to rehearse your presentation.

Preferably, you should rehearse with your slides/visual aids in the room you will eventually present in. Since that might not be possible, rehearse in front of a mirror or friend. It is important that you actually say the words aloud, hear how they flow, and refine your script. To really get a sense of your weaknesses and strengths as a presenter, film yourself rehearsing and scrutinize the video.

 

 

 

 

 

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Technology

If you plan on using any technology, equipment, or software during your presentation, test it all out before the big day! There is nothing worse than starting off your presentation with a broken projector, faulty link, or corrupted powerpoint file.

Also, always have several backup plans in place. For example, bring an extra laptop with you and back up your presentation on a flash drive and in the cloud. As paranoid as it may seem, even bringing your own projector is a good idea!

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