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When I make a presentation my preparation includes:
Nothing. I'm at my best when I wing it!
Understanding my audience, pick three main messages, outline, build slides, practice.
Sketch key points, make slides and what I'm going to say, and get a good night's sleep.
I think about what I'm going to say as I make my slides.
When preparing my notes, talking points, or speech, I:
Make appropriate notes to reflect the mood or pace of the different sections.
Write down whatever comes to mind and go with that.
Amateurs use notes!
Throw something on a napkin at the last minute, and it goes ok.
The night before a presentation I:
Practice, review my handouts and/or slides, do visualization, and get plenty of sleep.
I put my slides together, develop outline/ talking points. Everything will be fine. I know my job.
Obsessively practice or review everything I'm going to say so I don't make a mistake.
On presentation day I:
Want to throw up.
Have a little anxiety, but once I go through my material I feel much better.
Have a good breakfast, practice, run through slides, visualize how the presentation is going to go.
Put my slides together, make an outline, and think about what I'm going to say.
Right before my presentation begins I feel like:
Dancing! When can I start?
I just need to get through it.
I'll be ok, I've prepared.
My speech anxiety is typically:
Off the charts: cotton mouth, shakes, uncontrollable sweating.
What anxiety? Someone show me the spotlight!
A little noticeable to others, but it usually passes in the first three or four minutes.
Noticeable to me, but three deep breaths and I'm home free!
When I present most would describe me as:
Polished, poised and perfect!
A bumbling, boring, buffoon.
Interesting but short on organization and clear messages.
Packed with information and professionalism, but a cure to insomnia.
My vocal quality in a presentation is:
My body language in a presentation typically:
Has a mind of its own
Nothing noteworthy to mention
When I speak I use the fillers "like", "um" and "you know":
Never. That's teen talk.
Only when I'm like transitioning to my next thought.
Like um, a lot, but that's um natural.
Probably more than I think I do.
When I speak to an audience I:
Know what they want to hear, and include it in my message.
Never think about what they want to hear, I have a message to say.
Hope they understand my point, but I can't tell if they do.
Know I've prepared well, and am confident we're connecting.
Whenever I use slides or PowerPoint:
I put enough text up so I don't forget what I'm going to say.
I never use slides/PowerPoint.
I always have pictures, graphs, text, charts, anything to keep the audience engaged.
I tend to read what's up there. It's not sexy, but it works.
My audience participation level is:
Non-existent. They came to hear me speak.
A partnership. I've built in opportunities for them to get involved.
Never thought about it. They show up and ask questions.
A dull roar. They respond when spoken to.
I've been complimented on my presentation skills and talent:
Only by my parents. Gotta love Mom!
Once, when I did that thing…
Almost every time I give a presentation.
Once in a while, nobody's great all of the time.
When my audience leaves my presentation they feel like:
In need of a good stretch.
Coming to talk to me about it more.
They got some good information.
Their time was well spent and value was added.
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