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Newsletter July 2011
Before, During, After
Be aware of what you do before and after a presentation, not just during.
A while ago I attended an event where several speakers were due to speak. I had seen one of them speak before and had been impressed with his presentation.
As I arrived at the event, I saw this speaker sitting at the back of the room surrounded by pieces of paper, frantically writing notes for his speech!
Similarly, I have seen people give an effective, professional presentation, but then come off stage sporting a ‘thank-god-that’s-over’ look!
Please remember that while the audience is going to be watching you while you are speaking, they will also be watching you before you go on and after you have finished.
Your entire delivery time is in three parts - Before, During, and After.
Looking as much in control and as professional as you can during all three parts will add to the effectiveness of your delivery.
This means that for the ‘Before’ aspect, you need to have done all your preparation and your practice before you arrive. This will afford you more time to become grounded and ready for your presentation.
Regarding the ‘After’ aspect, bear in mind that people may watch you not only coming off stage or away from the speaking area, but also until you are sitting down.
So, no matter how you feel the presentation went, leave the speaking area in a professional manner, sit down calmly and then watch the next speaker. Don’t be tempted to root through your notes or talk to the person next to you.
The first and last impressions of your presentation do count.