Get tips on how you and your co-presenters can successfully deliver a smooth team presentation.
This is a continuation from last week, How to Present With Another Speaker. If you haven’t already listened or read part one, you might want to do that first.
Last week, I mentioned that one way to present with another person is to use the tag team approach--which is when one presenter follows another. But I also mentioned that presentations become much more interesting, energetic, and fun to watch when co-presenters work together—instead of using the tag team approach. Today, I’d like to focus on how to do that and explain the mechanics of delivering a presentation as a team.
When you follow the PEP model (that’s Point, Evidence, Point) it's easy to split up the content between team members. You might remember that the PEP model reinforces main points by providing evidence. (Evidence can include analogies, comparisons, stories, statistics, questions, quotations, and examples.
How to Deliver a Team Presentation
So here’s how presenting with more than one person works. The first (or main) speaker makes a point, then a different speaker presents evidence to support that point, and then the first speaker summarizes the point again. If time allows, it works well to have two or three shorter forms of evidence so that you can appeal to logic, emotion, and character at the same time. One person can present all of the evidence or it can be done by multiple people. For example, one person might tell a supporting story and then another person might provide a statistic.
This approach works out particularly well when the presenters have different backgrounds and experience, because each can give supporting evidence or examples from his or her perspective--and that makes the point more interesting and stronger. So PEP becomes “PEEP”: Point, Evidence, Example, Point or Point, Evidence, Evidence, Point.
You Must Establish Clear Roles for the Presentation
Perhaps the most important part of co-presenting is deciding on the roles of the presenters. Will you present together? Or will you use a tag team approach? Will you take turns taking the lead? Do you want team members to jump in? If so, how?
It doesn’t matter what you decide, but you do need to decide ahead of time.