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GHASSAN HASBANI

He started writing and presenting for television at the age of 16. As a visiting university lecture he has taught and written about management and communication skills.

ESSENTIALS
 Conquer

nerves and stage fright.

 Master

powerful communication skills.

 Deliver

presentations with style.

CONTENTS
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Creating your own style. Preparing the presentation material. Planning your talk.

Presenting with visual aids. Speaking effectively. Managing your audience. Putting it all together and practice.

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Creating Your Own Style
 Communicate at the right level with the people.

 Deliver your presentation.
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Tell like a story. Speak with a moderate speed. Avoid an artificial accent.

 Selecting the right style.
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Formal. Informal.

 Using effective body language.
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Use your hands. Use facial expressions and eye contact. Controlling your movement.

 Taking control.

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Show your interest. Involve the audience. Be confident.
 Best way is to practice.

Preparing The Presentation Material
 Researching the subject.

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Think about your audience. The context of the presentation. Identify the source of information.

 Clearly classify and store your research findings.

 Brainstorm and decide on what information can

be used.

 Manage your time with a clear plan.

 Prepare a script.

Prepare 1st draft.


Second draft. Attending to the grammar.

Planning Your Talk
 Drawing a presentation layout.

Sequence your ideas in a clear way. Address the key issues.

 Knowing what to say and when to say it.

Plan the body of the presentation.  Highlighting overall content.  Insert summaries & reminders.  Insert funny remarks & comparisons.  Ask direct questions every now and then. The conclusion is as important as the beginning.

 Aim to sell an idea, not

to fill time.

 Backing up your memory.
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Memorizing the content. (most natural and effective) Reading from the script. (safest but most formal option) Using notes.
 Include only the main points.

 Use small, stiff note cards.
 Keep them short and to minimum.

Presenting With Visual Aids
 Visual Aids are there to help you.

KIS (keep It Simple). Leave plenty of space. Use large fonts. Drawings should be clear and meaningful. Keep the same general appearance throughout.


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 Adding colour for greater impact.


To add an extra dimension.  Red - warning.  Green – safety. Don’t use colour simply to decorate. Use bright colour on dark backgrounds.

 Working with computers.
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Computer programs. On-screen presentations.  Data projectors.  Multi-media presentations.  Sound & Video-clips.  Animations.

 Choosing the right equipment.

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Ability to grab the audience attention. The size & suitability of the equipment for the occasion. Its effect on audience. Convenience & availability.

Speaking Effectively
 Voice plays an important part.

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Tone. Pitch. Volume. Clarity.

 Vary the pitch for stress and emphasis.  Projecting your

voice.

Physical factor. Psychological factor.

Managing Your Audience
 Speaking the audience’s language.

Speaking in a way that is understood by the audience.

 Reading their body language.



Posture. Arms & Legs. Eyes. Clearing the throat. Nodding.

 Avoiding conflict and argument.


Think of your audience as the friend not the enemy. Respect the audience. Admit mistakes.

 Involving your audience.

Asking questions Let audience to participate in live demonstrations.

Putting It All Together
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Setting the environment. Dealing with stage fright.


Producing a checklist. Surviving unexpected problems.

Practice

Conclusion
With the help of this book, every presentation you deliver will be a winning one.  It shows

 How to research.

 How to prepare.
 What to say.  How to say.

 The importance of timing
 How and when to use visual aids.  How to develop your voice and body language.

 How to conquer, excessive nerves.