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The IAPP has provided the following tips to help you prepare your presentation and make the most of your speaking opportunity.
10 ways to make your session more advanced
- Present clearly defined objectives.
- Avoid long introductions, it takes away time from 'going deep'.
- Coordinate your presentation with your fellow panelists in advance so as to avoid overlapping material.
- Know your audience. For example, ask questions at the beginning of your session to gauge how advanced your audience is and then bring them into the discussion.
- Avoid presenting information that is too basic. Provide insight, analysis and solutions instead of stating obvious problems.
- Get into technical, specific details and work through the issues (avoid issue spotting, for example, with the application of legal developments.
- Use case studies to illustrate your points.
- Incorporate lessons learned and problem-solving in real-world situations.
- Provide handouts that are action-oriented.
- Make it practical, practical, practical!
10 ways to engage your audience
- Relate to a recent event.
- Describe a scenario, tell a story or share a personal experience.
- Offer a humorous anecdote, use a prop or tell a relevant joke.
- State a fact that is troubling, amusing or remarkable.
- Explain your own interest in the topic.
- Tell listeners why the topic is relevant to them and/or their job.
- Piggyback on a previous speaker's remarks or theme.
- Show a compelling visual image.
- Ask provocative questions.
- Change the tone of your program by doing a Q&A midway through your presentation.
10 ways to create a strong presentation using PowerPoint
- Make use of "PowerPoint Wizard" to guide you through creating a presentation.
- Focus on content and not PowerPoint "glam."
- Limit points on a slide to three to six.
- Don't overuse effects or overcrowd slides.
- Stick with the same backgrounds, styles and transition effects.
- Use a large font.
- Use an easy to read font (e.g., Arial, Times New Roman).
- Never forget a conclusion slide (three to five points) leaving a strong impression of your presentation.
- Practice: The more comfortable you are with PowerPoint, the more comfortable you will be when presenting.
- Own your presentation.
10 ways to be a stronger presenter
- Believe in your message.
- Tell it, don't read it.
- Let the audience know where you are going: Offer an outline at the beginning of the session to set expectations of how the session will flow.
- Beware of the PowerPoint trap: It's a wonderful tool, but it should be used to support, not replace, you.
- Come out from behind the podium.
- Walk through the aisles.
- Talk loudly.
- Enunciate your words.
- If sitting is more comfortable, sit TALL so that everyone can see you.
- Make sure to allow time for Q&A. Repeat questions aloud so all audience members can hear.
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