ABZ’s of Communication for PMs and Techies… P: Presentation Prowess

When you read the words: Polished Presenter, what comes to mind?  Do you think of an articulate speaker supported by clean, easy to read computer projected slides?  Can you remember the last time you saw a polished presenter at a technical conference?  What do you remember that made his/her presentation remarkable?

Turning a mediocre presentation into one worth remembering takes planning and practice.  Speeches and deliveries that lack planning and practice miss the mark and rarely deliver effectively.

Presentations themselves can range from highly interactive workshops to lectures to webinars (voice over IP streaming audio with Powerpoint slides) to a hybrid of these, and without a clear vision and objective, you might not see the differences needed in the preparation!

Before I share my own tips on presentation prowess (my “shortlist” has over 50 tips) – please share one characteristic of a good presenter by leaving a comment below.

After I receive five (5) comments, I’ll publish the first 10 tips across the various topics:  overall tips for presenters, content, appearance, timing, and international considerations.

What makes a good presenter? It’s your turn, please comment below now!

Have a great communication day!

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7 responses to “ABZ’s of Communication for PMs and Techies… P: Presentation Prowess

  1. James "Hutch" Hutchins

    Interaction with the audience is good, but the best one I have found is if you can actively involve through humor, conversation or gamesmanship. The later I do not mean anything more than to grab their interest by challenging them to grapple the topic in a personal manner. Attempt to get the individuals of the audience to see something or topic from a different view. Those who are most intransigent (sic) in the thought they are always correct are shaken to realize another valid view is out there. Easiest way is to put a multicolored object in the middle and ask them to describe it. Now on each side is a picture of something, a face, an insect, a toy, etc. It culminates that each view is correct from its vantange but not entirely correct.


  2. For me, the person doing the presenting makes the presentation. I’ve seen highly polished presentations fall flat and bad presentations look great because of the person presenting them. If the presenter is knowledgable and personable, they could probably make a great presentation out of reading the phone book (We do remember phone books??).


  3. The most memorable presentations are almost always given with a personalized touch. That is, the presenter interacts directly with an audience member on a specific point of the presentation every 10-15 min, querying an individual or sub-group for input, using the responses to emphasize a previously presented point or to introduce a new concept.


  4. A good presenter doesn’t really need the PowerPoint presentation. This is more used as hand-out after the session. You want the audience to listen and watch the presenter, not the presentation. Obliviously, this doesn’t really work for telecon presentations.


  5. Bill Ravensberg

    Know the audience. The same presentation can be given to different audiences with each instance tailored. This could mean different levels of detail, examples relating to the audience, or something else that will make it meaningful and memorable.

    And, I like the other responses already given too!


  6. If you cannot fully mastered topic, do not make the presentation.
    Keep the presentation on topic.
    Use only key words as the backdrop.
    Use examples of the problem(s) and solutions backed up with empirical evidence .
    Invite opposing opinions and deal with them. NOTE: It is easy to support a concept if you exclude opposing facts….a practice adopted by too many.


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