A Public Speaker’s Checklist

Manner of Speaking

Coloured markers for a flip chart. Handouts related to the presentation. As public speakers, we should be focused on our audience and the material. The last thing we want is to be distracted because we’ve overlooked a logistical detail. Set out below is checklist of 50 things that public speakers need to remember before speaking. A few things to note about the list: It is restricted to matters of a logistical nature.

Ten ways to transition to your next idea

Speak Schmeak

Show a slide or give a handout that gets the audience thinking about your next segment. Ask a question that previews the next segment and write the answers on a flip chart. Ask a question that gets the audience to respond to or summarize their learning from the last segment and write the answers on a flip chart. We talk a lot about organizing our content, main points, opening and closing, but we rarely talk about how to get from one segment to the next.

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Your time's been cut -- what do you do?

Speak Schmeak

If I have a question I want the audience to discuss, and I'm planning to write answers on the flip chart, I skip the flip chart and just have a general discussion. If there's a handout I want to discuss, instead I give the handout and instructions to use it later. Here's an example of a typical speaking situation: You prepare an hour-long presentation.

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Are you too dependent on your co-presenter?

Speak Schmeak

Bring props and handouts. Write on a flip chart. Imagine you have a presentation you've been working on with a partner. Then the day comes to give your presentation, and your partner is sick, so you have to deliver alone. You panic and think, "I only know MY part of the presentation!" This is what it's like when you come to rely too heavily on PowerPoint. Can you still give your presentation if your technology fails? If not, you are too dependent on PowerPoint !

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Your time's been cut -- what do you do?

Speak Schmeak

If I have a question I want the audience to discuss, and I'm planning to write answers on the flip chart, I skip the flip chart and just have a general discussion. If there's a handout I want to discuss, instead I give the handout and instructions to use it later. Here's an example of a typical speaking situation: You prepare an hour-long presentation.

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Are you too dependent on your co-presenter?

Speak Schmeak

Bring props and handouts. Write on a flip chart. Imagine you have a presentation you've been working on with a partner. Then the day comes to give your presentation, and your partner is sick, so you have to deliver alone. You panic and think, "I only know MY part of the presentation!" This is what it's like when you come to rely too heavily on PowerPoint. Can you still give your presentation if your technology fails? If not, you are too dependent on PowerPoint !

2010 109

Is PowerPoint the new black?

Speak Schmeak

Show data on your slides only if the charts or graphs are simple, clean, and data points large enough to be seen in the back of the room. Otherwise, put data into separate handouts. I like to use flip charts with or without PowerPoint; flip charts used to sketch out an idea, get input from the audience or provide a group activity keep a presentation lively.

Prepared vs. over-prepared

Speak Schmeak

You've got a plan B for possible mishaps with your computer, props, handouts, flip chart, etc. Your PowerPoint is dense with thick paragraphs, tiny text, bullets, charts, and graphs to make sure you haven't left anything out 6. Cam Beck asked me this question the other day in response to my post about your worst public speaking fear coming true : "So how do you know the difference between preparing and over-preparing?"

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Hi, my name is Lisa. I'm a paranoid preparer.

Speak Schmeak

This has come in handy; several times I've needed batteries for my remote, masking tape to hold flip charts together, and other various and sundry odds and ends. For two handy preparation checklists that you can use before your presentations, download my free handouts: Presentation Tools Checklist and Presentation Readiness Checklist.

PowerPoint in the Pentagon

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

If you need a lot of text as reference material after the meeting, create a separate handout in Word or use the hidden slide technique to create a PowerPoint file that contains all the text but doesn’t have you presenting a “wall of text”. I think many organizations could cut down on the length of meeting minutes or flip charts if they adopted this technique.

Public Speaking - Projector Set Up

Great Public Speaking

You may as well write on the flip chart, (since you can't get the overhead turned on) I haven't prepared for this presentation. If you aren't using surprise visuals, you could reproduce them in the handout material just in case all your equipment malfunctions. When using projected visuals, or any visuals, it is important to incorporate them into your presentation from the beginning. You will want to plan your visuals to enhance your presentation.

How the Grinch Spoke at Christmas - adapted by John Zimmer

Speak Schmeak

Flip charts and handouts back from the print shop. Huge thanks to John Zimmer for his creativity and brilliance in revising this classic for us speakers. View it on his site for the accompanying images. How the Grinch Spoke at Christmas Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas speeches a lot, But the Grinch, who lived just North of Who-ville, did not! The Grinch hated speeches! The whole speaking profession! Now, please do not ask just what caused his aggression.

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How the Grinch Spoke at Christmas - adapted by John Zimmer

Speak Schmeak

Flip charts and handouts back from the print shop. Huge thanks to John Zimmer for his creativity and brilliance in revising this classic for us speakers. View it on his site for the accompanying images. How the Grinch Spoke at Christmas Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas speeches a lot, But the Grinch, who lived just North of Who-ville, did not! The Grinch hated speeches! The whole speaking profession! Now, please do not ask just what caused his aggression.

2009 100

4 Types of Audience Tension or A Review from an Evening with Ed Tate

Speak and Deliver

Do you distract your audience with handouts? Ed used a flip chart to track ideas on, and had some Champions Edge cards passed out, but neither played a large part in the presentation. Last night, I attended a 90 minute training session by the 2000 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, and CSP, Ed Tate. He covered a myriad of topics very well, as was expected, and I enjoyed hearing him deliver in person what I have heard from him multiple times in audio format.

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How to Turn a Service Club Talk into a Marketing Opportunity

Executive Speech Coach

Its a comfort knowing that the lights, the microphone, the flip charts, etc. Handouts: Develop a page detailing your key points. Make sure that the handout includes your name, address and telephone number. Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations Business presentations tips for executives, sales presenters, managers, technical experts and professionals from the "Speech Coach for Executives" George Torok.