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Have you ever had the feeling you were not in control of your presentation? Maybe due to technical problems, a room you didn´t know or an audience that seemed bored?
Maybe you feel that much of the outside environment of your presentation is beyond your influence, but there are some things you can do. I’ll give you three short tips to make you feel more in control.
- Try to go to see the room of your presentation beforehand and if you can: practice in that room. This gives you the opportunity to get familiar with it and with the equipment. Can you move the way you want? Can people hear you in all corners or do you need a microphone?
- Check yourself that all the equipment is working properly. Of course there are things you want to delegate, but if you can check yourself that everything is OK (for example, the projector, the remote control, the microphone), it can give you a feeling of control. You don´t depend on others for the success of the technical part of the presentation.
- Practice and control the timing of your presentation. Stick to the time you were giving. If you run over, the audience, the client or the organization might get irritated. Please them and stop on time or early.
Apply these three tips and you will feel more relaxed as you get the idea you are the one in control! Good luck.
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