Prepare a successful presentation

Ulrika Hedlund
A free video tutorial from Ulrika Hedlund
Productivity Coach and Entrepreneur
4.4 instructor rating • 15 courses • 36,747 students

Lecture description

In this lecture you will learn some tips for how to prepare a successful presentation. This includes gathering and refining information, working on a key message and constructing an outline.

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Eye-catching presentations using PowerPoint 2013

Improve your presentation skills and learn to effectively use PowerPoint 2013 to create eye-catching slides.

01:55:40 of on-demand video • Updated June 2015

  • By the end of this course you will be able to deliver an eye-catching presentation using PowerPoint 2013
  • Learn how to prepare a successful presentation by gathering and refining information
  • Learn how to create eye-catching slides using graphics, images, animations and videos in PowerPoint 2013
  • Learn how to design your own unique PowerPoint theme for your business
  • Learn tricks to effectively use the updated Presenter View when you present and learn how to present on a touch screen device.
  • Learn basic guidelines for captivating your audience and keeping them engaged
English [Auto] Be able to give a good presentation a key element in a business professional's career there's no such thing as a naturally good presenter. Some people might be more comfortable speaking in front of other people but presenting well takes time and effort before you start creating your PowerPoint slides. It's important that you've done proper research and make a clear picture of what the key messages to prepare a successful presentation. You need to start collecting information early. Once you've gathered lots of information you need to structure and refine it. Prepay your key message and your outlining what's the key takeaway you want your audience to walk away with. When you have your outline you can start creating your slides. Let's go through these in more detail. The first rule is to start early collecting information for your presentation. Don't wait until the night before the presentation and then put together PowerPoint slides in the last minute. You're wasting your time creating Sluys if you don't have relevant data. As soon as you find out that you're going to give a presentation. Start collecting data. The first thing you need to know is who your audience is. Why are they there. What are their expectations. How much do they know about the topic that you will be presenting. How big will the audience likely be if you're speaking at an event ask the event organizers about previous events and typical profile of the audience. As soon as you know that you're presenting you need to start collecting data about the topic. Read newspapers and magazines do online research. Collect data through surveys analyzed data reviewed previous talks or presentations that you or others have done on the same topic. Don't be selective. Think of this as a brainstorming session. No thoughts or ideas should be discarded at this stage. If you're just giving a presentation on a topic you're an expert in and that you've delivered many times before it's really important to see if there are any important updates that you need to add. Has something happened lately that you need to include into your presentation. If you can collect your thoughts ideas and research in a number of ways. Personally I like using Microsoft one note which is like a digital notebook to save on organized pieces of information here. I can easily take down notes by hand or by typing. I can collect information from online research and I can record the audio from events or interviews. When you're done collecting data it's time to start organizing it. If you've collected it in your computer Heimat information that's important and organize information in different sections of your notebook. Now's the time to discard information that you don't have time for or that isn't directly relevant. When you find the data it's time to prepare your key message and you outline. This is when you get your big picture together. What is your key message. What is the number one thing you want the audience to walk away with. Create an outline for your presentation by writing down the structure. When you have the outlining place you just start creating your slides and power points.