Ten Tips to Help You Give a Great Presentation

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Right at the start, ask attendees what they want to learn. Focus on useful takeaways that address their pain points.

If you're like many professionals, the prospect of giving a presentation may unnerve you. But you're not alone. Fear of public speaking is the No. 1 phobia, topping fears such as spiders, heights, plane flights and even death! However, if you intend to advance your career, it's unlikely that you'll be able to completely avoid speaking before a large group. Fortunately, the new book, Your Perfect Presentation: Speak in Front of Any Audience Anytime Anywhere and Never Be Nervous Again (McGraw-Hill/available now), offers great guidance to help you pull off a winning speaking engagement. To put your mind at ease, author Bill Hoogterp reveals that only a select few are "born speakers"—even those who are great at it. Instead, he believes that virtually anyone can learn how to give an effective presentation. What's key, he writes, is crafting your words and delivery in a manner that puts the audience first. To get you started, we've adapted 10 tips for public speaking from his book. Hoogterp is a public speaking coach for corporate executives and has been featured on programs such as the Today show.

This article was originally published on 2014-05-23
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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