Last week Jim wrote about us getting back to networking and walking the talk with me presenting to the group about digitising and restoring old photos. Preparing a talk can be a bit of a challenge – after all 10 minutes is barely any time at all – honestly!
So how do you condense everything that you know on the subject into a presentation that still gets the point across to your audience successfully?
If you have a passion for something you can easily talk for hours about it – so fitting all that into a short length of time requires a little effort and good preparation.
My top tips are:
- Leave them wanting to know more! You don’t have to tell them everything!
- Sketch out a framework for your talk – what do you actually need to get across? Are you informing people or educating them? What is the actual result you want – enquiries and bookings, solving people’s problems or a skills share?
- Think about what your audience really wants or needs to know – it’s usually not everything – often a taster of what we do or offer is enough to hook them in.
- Use visuals to help get more complex subjects or information across quicker. This reduces how much you need to talk about it. Don’t just tell them – show them! My slide on the complexities of editing included the image below showing all the areas I had retouched – no detailed explanation needed.
And lastly – practice, practice, practice – with a timer. Review the content if you’re really overrunning and don’t worry if when practicing it’s a little short – when you do it for real it may take a little longer
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