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How to Quickly Prepare for a Presentation

How to give powerful presentations.

By
Stever Robbins
Episode #104

Why are you presenting to aspiring entrepreneurs at all? Surely, it’s not for the money. Maybe because you like helping young people grow up to take control of their lives and become great builders. Good to know, so you can choose stories that excite the kids. Give them examples of how other young people accomplished great things. Make them believe they can, too. Skip the story about Ray Kroc, who founded McDonald’s at the age of 55. That might inspire the nearing-retirement set, but for high school students, it isn’t likely to leave them feeling excited, motivated, and in control of their own destiny.

Talk to them instead about Michael Dell starting Dell Computer at the age of 19 in his dorm room. Or Bill Gates dropping out of Harvard, becoming the richest man in the world, then buying an honorary degree from Harvard (thanks, Bill, for cheapening the degree for the rest of us). Make it easy for them to achieve your goals, which is for them to throw off the shackles of their corporate overlords, start their own businesses, and usher in an economic utopia.

This episode’s transcript includes a link to a simple worksheet you can use to think through your presentation and design what you’re going to say. Who is your audience? What do they want? What do you want? and What are the takeaways to leave them with? And when you get up to give your speech, don’t be nervous, don’t be flustered, don’t be scared, be prepared: wear clothes.  I also have an episode on streamlining your writing that might prove useful.

This is Stever Robbins. Email questions to getitdone@quickanddirtytips.com or leave voicemail at 866-WRK-LESS.

Work Less, Do More, and have a Great Life! RESOURCES - http://www.steverrobbins.com/getitdoneguy/104-preparing-for-a-presentation.htm Worksheet for preparing for a presentation

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About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT. 

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