Things NOT to keep in mind when you present

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The first thing to keep in mind is not to keep in mind concerns that have nothing to do with your presentation, the extraneous: how do I look, who is that guy looking at me intently, why is my boss here, why are they all sitting at the back, and the list goes on. You can now dedicate yourself fully to the task at hand.

The second thing not to keep in mind is the slide mechanics that force you to take manual control of your presentation and to turn to the screen to validate the accuracy of your memory recall. If you have rehearsed enough times, you are on automatic pilot. You do not have to look at your slides when you click the “next”button on your presentation remote. You know. You can now immerse yourself in your topic and your audience.

The third thing not to keep in mind at the beginning of your presentation is your body. Passengers feels the vibration of the cabin as the plane takes off the runway. Slight body tremors may cause concern as you launch into your presentation. Your limbs may feel as though they have lost their GPS coordinates. Brain turbulence create pressure zones around the throat and feet areas demanding immediate. The salivary gland may seem to have closed shop for the day, leaving you high and dry. The sooner you remove the drag created by your body, the sooner you can retract the gear and propel yourself to glide in the friendly sky.

Author: Jean-Luc Lebrun

This century: Writer on Scientific writing skills and scientific presentation skills, MC for scientific events, Podcaster, Radio Consultant, Trainer for Research Institutes in Engineering and Life Sciences, Singapore, and in European doctoral schools, as well as in South East Asia Universities. Last Century: Apple Computer, Advanced Technology Group, Technology Information manager. Then Director of the Apple-ISS Research Centre - a joint venture between Apple Computer and the National University of Singapore. Producer of TV program on IT for Singapore Channel 5.