Tuesday, December 16, 2008

let the audience plan your presentation

I just returned from a daylong training of nearly 100 geophysical scientists in basic communications skills at the American Geophysical Society fall meeting, part of a series of trainings convened by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The trainings always emphasize starting with the audience first, rather than what you want to say--and scientists at the training had lots of questions about how to do that. So I was glad to find that Olivia Mitchell's Speaking About Presenting blog has a presentation planning guide available that walks you through the process of thinking about what the audience will want to know--a process that offers a sensible way to plan your next presentation. You can get the guide when you sign up for Mitchell's free newsletter, which follows up with tips on getting the most out of your presentation skills.

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