Public Speaking – Make a List by Laurent Duperval

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Public Speaking – Make a List
By Laurent Duperval

He’s making a list and checking twice.

That’s a line from the classic Christmas carol, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”. There is value to such a list when delivering a speech.

When preparing for a speech, print out a checklist of all the things you need to have ready beforehand. The list runs the gamut from the obvious (computer, projector, handouts) to the not-so-obvious (extension cord, spare batteries, bottled water).

A checklist is an important part of speaking. With a decent checklist, you can be sure that everything you need will be ready and available when you get to the location of your speech.

Some of the things you should include in your list are:

  • Everything that has to do with a computer: the computer(!), power bars, extensions, cables to connect to a projector, a remote to control the projector or PowerPoint, a USB key with a backup of your material, etc.
  • Everything that has to do with your presentation: Do you need props? Do you need markers? Do you need flip chart paper? Do you need handouts? Do you have a copy of the introduction that should be read before you speak?
  • Everything that has to do with you: Is your suit still at the cleaner’s? Do you have business cards? Did you confirm the location for the event? Do you know how to get there?

And so on. A checklist can be a life saver. Or at the very least, it can bring your stress level down a notch or two.

Laurent Duperval consults and trains on communication issues. He publishes the “Communicate To Motivate” electronic newsletter, which aims to help leaders improve their communication, public speaking, and presentation skills to dramatically improve their results.

You can reach him at http://www.duperval.com

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