Team presentations involve a lot of different personalities with varying levels of confidence and public speaking experience.
As individuals you may have a few seasoned presenters, but bring them together as a team, and all kinds of questions arise: How do we present as a team? Who starts and who ends a team presentation? How do we transition from one presenter to the next presenter so that it's seamless? And who fields questions from the audience?
Here are some tips to make your next team presentation smooth and effective:
1. Have your strongest speaker kick things off. The same goes for the last speaker. Place the experts in the middle. This is called "bookending" your experts.
2. Ensure you have a cohesive message. Too many messages crammed into a single presentation can confuse the audience. You can avoid this by setting clear goals up front and determining the key talking points.
3. Each presentation (and answer given in the Q&A) should have a clear beginning, middle, and end.
4. Have a strategy in place for the Q&A portion. Brainstorm questions that may be asked, determine who answers each question, and formulate answers.
5. Practice as a group, including the transitions between presenters.
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