What You Need to Succeed – Great Presentation Skills

Hate to present in front of any type of group? Feel nervous, disorganized and unprepared? Don’t feel alone. Most professional people I meet feel exactly the same way. You must have polished speaking skills to survive in today’s market place and economy. Review the following list and figure out where to start. Find the top three that if you improved, would move you to the next level of success. It is your personal responsibility!

Speech Development

  • Writing more effective presentations using the suggested formula
  • Integrating interesting PowerPoint slides
  • Integration of Visual Aids
  • Review of videoed presentations using LB/NT
  • Creating a “hook” to draw in audience
  • Getting the audience to think or feel differently, or take action

“If you want me to give you a two-hour presentation, I am ready today. If you want only a five-minute speech, it will take me two weeks to prepare.”  ~ Mark Twain

Pre-presentation Needs

  • Audience needs analysis
  • Pre Presentation Questionnaire (PPQ)
  • Writing an introduction
  • More efficient presentation practice
  • Developing handouts and ‘leave behinds’
  • Speaking notes
  • Appearance
  • Working with a TelePrompTer
  • Videoconferencing, Webinars, Teleconference, etc.

Using Visual Aids

  • Developing compelling PowerPoint slides
  • Using White Boards, Flip Charts, Video Clips, etc.
  • Using props

Venue Considerations

  • Venue set up (lighting, platform, etc.)
  • Lectern
  • Audience comfort
  • Microphone set up
  • Meet and greet
  • Webinar and/or teleconference effectiveness


  • Managing anxiety
  • Staying focused during presentation
  • Adding humor and interest
  • Beginning and ending on time
  • Using the platform and “real estate”
  • Encouraging audience participation
  • Ensuring authenticity and building credibility
  • Appearance and perception
  • Body Language and voice control
  • Language choice for audience type
  • Dealing with hecklers
  • Managing Questions and Answer period

Many years ago, a client approached me and said they wanted me to present a program that focused on platform and general speaking skills. I declined saying my focus was dealing with difficult people, leadership development and communication. His response? “Well what do you think great presentation skills are?” So I’ve learned that platform power and presentation skills ARE a part of success … more so that most people even know. Let me know how I can help you.

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One Comment

  1. Kevin Kennemer says:

    Hi Marsha, this was very helpful. I have delivered many presentations and I am always identifying ways to improve. Thanks for your advice.

    Kevin Kennemer
    The People Group
    Tulsa, OK

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