Tips for engineering presenters: rehearsal

Anthony Haynes writes: Most presenters know that, if they’re using slides, they need to rehearse with the slides first.

The problem comes with how they do this.

Most presenters focus on what they are going to say about each slide. Something of that is necessary of course, especially if you didn’t create the slides yourself.

The problem is one of focus. Most people have a pretty good idea about what they’re going to say about each slide — but what about the links between the slides?

This aspect of presentation is one that separates amateurs from professionals. Amateurs give little attention to the links, with the result that their presentations lurch between slides with an ungainly jerkiness, like a novice car driver changing gears.

Professionals rehearse the links, with the result that transitions between slides (typically effected in the middle of the presenter’s sentences) are seamless.

TAKE-HOME MESSAGE: If you’re using slides, rehearse the links between them

 

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