Practice key to effective group presentations

September 2, 2010
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To be an effective public speaker, it requires practice, practice, practice. Speaking as part of a team is an entirely different ball game, one which requires you to be in sync with your co-workers so that you sound like a prepared, cohesive unit.

Each person needs to take ownership over their particular section of the presentation and know it like the back of their hand. It’s OK for other team members to jump in if they want to make another relevant point, but if that happens, the group begins to look ill-prepared or lacking in knowledge about the subject matter.

There are a few things you can do to help your group presentation run as smoothly as possible.

  1. Make sure the concept for your presentation lends itself to a group setting.
  2. Make sure all speakers can work together effectively.
  3. Know the amount of time allotted for your presentation and schedule each individual part accordingly.
  4. Make sure everyone knows what part they’re responsible for and give each member enough time to prepare.
  5. Keep visual aids consistent. You can do this by putting together the presentation together or by using design templates.
  6. Do a walk-through of the presentation (or several) before it actually happens. If possible, record the presentation to play back later and analyze.

A little preparation can go a long way when it comes to getting ready for a group presentation. If possible, practice a quick team-building exercise beforehand that gets the group excited and ready for the presentation. Keeping the enthusiasm high and offering great content will keep your audience members and engaged and wanting more.

This post is brought to you by the good folks at Dale Carnegie Training of Birmingham, Alabama. We would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter @dalecarnegieala.

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