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    A Short Presentation using Limited Materials

    Have you ever been held captive for a 6-hour presentation was done by a
   "first-time" presenter? Isn't this outlawed as cruel and unusual torture?

   It happens, so think about your presentations and work hard even if it is
   only 30 minutes long.

   STEP  1:  What are you doing to talk about?
                 It is amazing how many people start further down the line to save time when in fact they
                 have damaged the quality and value of their presentation before the write the first thing.
                 You need to know what your topic and specific area of your presentation will be on.
                 For many of us, we are told what it will be.  The rest of us have to explore audience needs.

   STEP  2:  What is the Valued "Takeaway" for your Audience?
                 Many see this as giving away the plot up front and letting the audience walk out early.
                 Yet sharing this NOW allows them time to think and assess your presentation even more.
                 You "bait the trap" to capture their interest and curiosity to keep them engaged.

   STEP  3:  Plan Your Presentation
                 So many immediately jump in and start writing. While some can create quality presentations
                 from such an effort, many can not and do not.

   STEP  4:  Introduce Yourself and Your Conclusion
                 This is basic yet so many bypasses such "formalities". If you are going to do a great job, let
                 them know who gave them the wisdom they are about to learn. It helps to keep attention.
                 This may be a simple declarative statement or you may need to "build up" to a statement
                 which provides "stage settings" for what is to come in your presentation.  Make sure your
                 introduction will grab their attention and keep them in their seats and not have them bolting
                 for the Exit Doors or nodding off for a nap.

   STEP  5:  Show Emotion
                 If the Presenter is not excited about this topic, why should the attendees be? But if the
                 energy of the Presenter is high, builds strong cases and is not a monotoned talker, the
                 Presented has the ability to spread their emotions, passions, and energy to their audience.

   STEP  6:  Keep It Simple (Stupid)
                 Often called KISS, this concept helps drive presentations to success WHEN followed.
                 The best way to reinforce the key message is by repetition and, with some clever work,
                 can and should be the building of your final point leading to your main point.

                 Use graphics or pictures only to drive home a key aspect and ideally with some humor
                 to help it "stock" in the listener's minds. Black and White can be very effective over color
                 only if it adds impact to the message. Too many graphics or pictures creates complexity
                 which detracts from your message.