Preparing for a Presentation on Short Notice
One of the key requisites of a successful presentation is to be prepared. But sometimes, you may be asked to talk about something on a short or no notice at all. While unplanned speeches or presentations can be quite challenging, making the best use of any time that is available, even a few minutes, helps you present effectively. Here is what you should do in case of last minute public speaking requests.
Consider the topic and the purpose
First of all, give some thought to the idea or topic you would be presenting. Then think about how best it can be presented – with examples, a story, demonstration, using comparisons etc. The purpose of the presentation is another thing you should keep in mind. Do you have to give your opinion about something, introduce a new idea, or just make an informal speech about the event? Whatever the aim is, be clear about why you are making the presentation.
List down the points
Try to jot down a few points about what you want to say on a small piece of paper. By doing so, you can ensure that you don’t miss or deviate from the important points. Also, the amount of ground you cover on the subject should be in consideration with the time you are given for the speech. As far as possible, it is best to keep the presentation small and avoid speaking for too long.
Structure the presentation
Creating a quick outline of what you are going to say and how you are going to say it will help you deliver the idea better. So when you list down the points, ensure that they are in the same order as you want to deliver them. Also, be clear about how you are going to open and end your speech.
Present it in your own style
You give your best when you are your natural self. So use your presentation skills that can help you deliver the idea in an effective way. For instance, you could use a bit of humor in the speech, if you are a naturally witty person. Otherwise, you could be straightforward and give your opinion or observation without trying to hurt other people’s sentiments about the subject.
Relax and be confident
Ad hoc public speaking requests can make even the most experienced speakers nervous. To avoid blanking out in front of your audience, it is good to take a couple of minutes to relax and focus. Even if you are not an expert in the topic, speaking confidently can help you make the desired impact on the audience.