||July 15, 2011
A to Z presentational skills. Complete with online and offline tips. Learn how to effectively open and close and what to do in between.
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Author Ginger Marks
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Table of Contents
Understanding Your Needs...5
Beginning the design...11
Creating your slideshow...26
Pack and Go...28
Dress for Success...31
The Do’s and Don’t of Presenting...43
Working With A/Vs...57
Regardless of the form you choose, whether informative or persuasive, stick with the theme throughout your entire presentation. Switching in mid stream from one to the other or jumping back and forth may further confuse your audience instead of clarifying your point of view.
Consider the main point you want to make in your presentation and carefully guide your discussion down the path to solidly state it. This ‘theme’ is the main ‘take away’ that you want your audience to come to accept. If you can, boil this down into one key sentence. You will refer to this thought as your presentation develops.
Ellen Finkelstein, Presentation skills trainer and PowerPoint MVP
"Presentational Skills for the Next Generation covers a wide range of topics that presenters need to know. Some of the topics, such as organizing the content and working with audio-visual technology are rarely covered. The author’s em-phasis on rehearsing and considering the audience first are very valuable. You’ll also find excellent coverage on the delivery aspect of presenting, including how to dress, what equipment to pack, dealing with fear, and more. The Resources section at the end is very useful, too.”
Felicia J. Slattery, M.A., M.Ad.Ed. Communication Consultant, Speaker & Coach
“As a communication consultant and instructor of public speak¬ing, I have taught hundreds of people how to prepare and deliver successful presentations. For anyone who has to give a presentation, I would definitely recommend Presentational Skills for the Next Generation by Ginger Marks. This easy-to-read book provides excellent ideas for putting together a polished presentation. Ginger’s explanation on preparing and using visual aids to compliment your talk is especially well done. Ginger covers all-important areas of preparing an effec¬tive presentation from considering your audience and the location of your talk to your personal appearance and valuable delivery tips and techniques. This book is a great resource that you can refer to time-and-again for every presentation you’ll ever do.”
Joe Yazbeck, Founder-President Prestige Leader Development
“Ginger Marks has codified a very workable system of materials to help anyone who desires to be an improved presenter. The skills of presentation could be said to be an artful science and Ginger represents this concept very effectively in her latest work. Presentation Skills for the Next Generation is a very valuable must read.”
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