The Presentation Planning Checklist

Proper planning and preparation prevents poor performance.

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This presentation planning checklist will help you deliver successful presentation.

This is adapted in part from "Business Communications: A Cultural and Strategic Approach" by Michael J. Rouse and Sandra Rouse.

Presentation

  • Does your introduction grab participant's attention and explain your objectives?
  • Do you follow this by clearly defining the points of the presentation?
  • Are these main points in logical sequence?
  • Do these flow well?
  • Do the main points need support from visual aids?
  • Does your closing summarize the presentation clearly and concisely?
  • Is the conclusion strong?
  • Have your tied the conclusion to the introduction?

Delivery

  • Are you knowledgeable about the topic covered in your presentation?
  • Do you have your notes in order?
  • Where and how will you present (indoors, outdoors, standing, sitting, etc.)?
  • Have you visited the presentation site?
  • Have you checked your visual aids to ensure they are working and you know how to use them?

Appearance

  • Make sure you are dressed and groomed appropriately and in keeping with the audience's expectations.
  • Practice your speech standing (or sitting, if applicable), paying close attention to your body language, even your posture, both of which will be assessed by the audience.

Visual Aids

  • Are the visual aids easy to read and easy to understand?
  • Are they tied into the points you are trying to communicate?
  • Can they be easily seen from all areas of the room?

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