The past week I attended the annual conference of the Dutch Psychiatric Association. It is always hard to prepare for another presentation. It is especially hard to get into the mood so to say. Being able to present enthusiastically, driven by positive mood and feelings not only nervousness.
On BeyonBulletPoints a recent post is about visualization and its effectiveness in helping presenters get ready for a presentation. This tool calms the nerves of those who fear giving presentations. Presenters also find their presentations go smoother when they see what they get into.
Before you start visualization exercises for your presentations, practice your delivery and know your material. You didn’t write down everything word for word, did you? That increases your chances of relying too much on reading and less on delivery. As soon as you know your material — but not too well — do the following activities to start your visualization process.
Most presentations for professionals such as psychiatrists, physicians but also managers are mostly for small groups up to 15 people. If you want to persuade, sell to, or change behavior of a smaller group, then what you need is a Conference room style presentation: printed slides with lots of detail that pass the squint test.
These presentations are very different from Ballroom presentations. These presentations use slides with “large photos and sparse text,” are great for informing and entertaining large audiences. Use these at conventions and large sales meetings. You can read more about the differences between ballroom and conference room presentations at The Extreme Presentation Method.
The video above is from Duarte Design who also wrote an excellent book on ball room presentations. It’s nice to see how they work. Looks like an inspiring fun environment.