Public Speaking Advice: 7 Timely Tips for Pre-Presentation Preparation

Public Speaking Advice.
7 Public Speaking Timely Tips for Pre-Presentation Preparation

By Patricia Fripp CSP, CPAE

The big day has come. You are ready to deliver your presentation.
To guarantee your success there are still a few final steps to take
before you face your audience and thrill your meeting planner.

1. Check in early.
Arrive early to check out the logistics of the room in which
you will be speaking. Is there a platform and where is it? Where will you
be standing when you are introduced? How will you reach the lectern?
Is the audience close enough to where you will be speaking to build
intimacy? Is the light on you instead of the banner or the lectern if you
are not standing behind it. Research shows if you put the sound UP
and the lights DOWN the audience thinks they can’t hear!

2. Make friends with the stage:
When the room is empty walk on the stage, “block” your presentation,
Go through the outline of your talk. Imagine an enthusiastic response.

3. Take a clock:
Make sure you have a clock you can see from a distance. These days
to keep me on track I take a large kitchen clock that I can from a distance.

4. Microphone:
Do you have your preferred microphone? Hand-held, lavaliere, or
Lectern? Practice talking into it, the proper placing is
chin level for a handheld. Ask someone to walk around and check you
can be heard from all parts of the room.

5. Audio visual:
If you are using a PowerPoint projector make sure the equipment is
working well. Are your PowerPoint slides in the right sequence? Do
you have a remote control to change them? This way you can move
around and are not chained to your computer. Remember to turn the
slide to black when you are not addressing what is on the screen.

6. Connect with the organizer or emcee.
Be clear about who will introduce you, and where you'll be. Will you walk
on from the wings or up from the floor? If you are speaking at a banquet,
check that you will have a clear path to the microphone without tripping
over wires, chairs, or diners.

7. Pre-written introduction:
In advance send your pre-written introduction. Carry another with you.
Have it written in 18 – 20 point type and each line a bullet point.
This is easier to read than paragraphs. Be sure your introducer knows
how to pronounce your name correctly.

If you want more information on how to become a great business communicator or public speaker, you may be interested in Patricia Fripp's speaking school, World Champions Edge, or CDs and DVDs on Public Speaking and Presentation Skills.

Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE, Hall of Fame speaker, executive speech coach and sales presentation skills trainer.
Fripp is known for building leaders, transforming sales teams, and delighting audiences.


    • Bethany you shake hands and introduce yourself before you start. Open strong in a way that is of interest to them. Then say “In case we have not had the pleasure of meeting I am…my role is to… for xxx years I have. That experience has prepared me to discuss….” Do not give them a long bio. 3-4 lines.

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