is the last in a seven-part series of articles on presentation
skills designed for persons who don't make or supplement their living
from professional speaking.
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what we covered in this short version of our program:
- The Situation.
We discussed Aristotle's "Appeals," the environment and some special
- The Audience.
We introduced The Jolson Principle and the importance of analyzing
the needs and expectations of your audience, plus how to arouse their
curiosity with your presentation title and content.
- The Speaker.
We examined the source of speaker anxiety and what you could do about
- The Presentation.
We looked at the three phases of planning, preparation, and delivery,
along with the Universal Speaker's Law and the Magical Rule of
3, plus some specific techniques to breathe life into a dead presentation.
At this point, your
presentation should be ready to go. All that's left is the study, reinforcement,
practice, and rehearsal necessary to polish your performance. By now,
you will have discovered that for every 1-5 minutes of your presentation,
you will have spent an hour in preparation! Speaking isn't easy, but
it sure is an awful lot of fun.
Good luck in your
speaking. Follow the advice in this series of articles, take every opportunity
you can to speak before a group, and you'll be on your way to becoming
an outstanding "unprofessional" speaker. Finally, as you begin to gain
experience and self-confidence, remember the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"All the great speakers were bad speakers at first."
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