3 Cardinal Rules to follow Before a Formal Talk / Presentation

by Priya Menon

Giving a formal talk can be intimidating for many; but this is part and parcel of your job these days. We had a very good opportunity to hear language coach, Vikas Kumar, share three important rules which could help make this process easier for those who are presenting during his two day Communication Skills training at Applied’s Office in Srinagar.

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Three Rules to Follow!

  • Prepare – Do your homework. Read up literature on the topic of your talk or presentation. Read the latest and current happenings so that you are abreast with topic. Prepare a script and know make sure that you are familiar with it inside out. This would give you a lot of confidence and knowledge about the topic which will come across in your talk. Research and be ready with all questions that may come up during and after the talk.
  • Rehearse – Rehearse, rehearse, and rehearse! Of course, you know the topic, you know what you are going to speak, and you have your presentation and script ready. But do not forget to rehearse. Rehearse in front of the mirror, or someone willing to listen to you! This will help you streamline your script. You will know where to pause, where to raise your pitch to emphasize, and where to modulate in order to create an effect. Tech pioneer, Steve Jobs would practice weeks in advance of Apple’s Developer Conferences – so remind yourself that no amount of rehearsals can be enough.
  • Resources – Keep your resources ready. If you are presenting, make copies of your presentation and keep it ready. If you are doing a demo, make sure your product / site is working; if you are planning to share website links, have them ready with you. Go over everything you may need for the talk and make sure you are ready with each and every one of them.

Vikas adds that the first fifteen seconds of a talk are very important. This is the time when your audience decides whether to continue to listen to you or not.

Hence, it is advisable to keep introductions and other intimidating data to a minimum and jump right into the topic you are presenting!

 

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