A Types of presentation
Melanie Kray is an expert in giving presentations. Here, she gives some examples of different presentations:
■ press conference: two chief executives tell journalists why their companies have merged.
■ briefing: a senior officer gives information to other officers about a police operation they are about to undertake.
■ demonstration: the head of research and development tells non-technical colleagues about a new machine.
■ product launch: a car company announces a new model.
■ lecture: a university professor communicates information about economics to 300 students.
■ talk: a member of a stamp-collecting club tells other members about 19th century British stamps.
■ seminar: a B Dos and don'ts: preparation financial adviser gives advice about investments to eight people.
■ workshop: a yoga expert tells people how to improve their breathing techniques and gets them to practise.
B Dos and don'ts: preparation
Here are some tips for a stand-up presentation (one person talking to an audience).
aFind outabout the audience: how many people there will be, who they are, why they will be there, and how much they know about the subject.
b Find out about the venue and the facilities: the room, the seating plan, the equipment, etc.
c Plan the content and structure, but don B Dos and don'ts: preparation't write the complete text of the presentation.
d Write notes on sheets of paper, not on cards.
e Try to memorize the first five sentences of your talk.
f Prepare visual aids: pictures, diagrams, etc.
g Rehearse your presentation (practise it so that it becomes very familiar) with friends or colleagues.