Fine-tuning your Presentation

Often the hardest part of making a presentation is getting started.Once you begin, adrenaline kicks in, you become excited talking aboutyour topic, and you find that the experience is actually enjoyable.

Following are five easy ways to begin a presentation:

Beyond serving to "jump-start" your presentation, introductions havea specific purpose. Good introductions should actually accomplish thefollowing:

How to prepare conclusions

A poor closing statement can ruin the lasting impression of awell-prepared and superbly delivered presentation. Conclusions are alsoan important, and often, overlooked element of presentations.

Conclusions should be used to review your main points. This can beaccomplished by using one of the following techniques:

Ideally, presentations should end with a memorable statement. Use thefollowing techniques to create a memorable statement:

Never do the following in the conclusion of a presentation:

How to practice

Once your presentation is fully developed and fine-tuned to yoursatisfaction, it is time to practice your delivery. Use the followingform to successfully and effectively practice presentations.

Use the following checklist to assist you in practicing yourpresentation:


Randall P. Whatley

Randall P. Whatley

Randall P. Whatley is president of Cypress Media Group, an advertising, public relations, and training firm. Cypress Media Group provides training primarily related to business and technical writing, presentation skills, and media relations. He can be reached by e-mail at

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