Team presentations can be a terrific opportunity — the whole is often much greater than its individual parts — or they can be a vexing challenge.
If you’ve ever been part of a . . .
Pitch team chasing the next big piece of business
Panel presenting at a meeting or conference
Research team sharing findings or recommendations
Make sure your presentation has a crystal clear overall theme or idea. Then make sure each slide also has a distinct central thought. Don’t forget to use visuals — again, think “glance and grab” and you’ll have your audience on the edge of their seats.
Is it possible to over think what could be a career-defining presentation?… In a word, yes.
If you’re in the midst of preparing for your next presentation and suspect you might be over thinking it, try this quick test.
• Obsessing rather than progressing?
• Feeling as if you’ve hit a wall?
• Frantically looking for that magic bullet to get back on track?
If you answered “yes” more than once, take a moment to step away (physically and mentally) and clear your head. Chances are, you’re falling victim to one of three common traps. Here they are, along with some tips for breaking free and ensuring that you’ll be confident, heard and inspiring when you step up to speak.
Kelsey Woo, a graduate from Harvard-Westlake School was named the first place winner in the 2011 National Voice of Democracy Program and recipient of the $30,000 T.C. Selman Memorial Scholarship Award provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
This holiday, when they play our national anthem prior to the fireworks display, my mind & heart will be with our soldiers around the world. I hope yours will, too.
what does Independence Day mean to you?