One Idea Group Session from Giving Presentations by Nick Morgan

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INTRODUCTION – GROUP SESSION

This resource will help you facilitate a short group session to help a group learn from the One Idea Summary on Three Actions for Presenting Effectively.

SESSION OBJECTIVES

  • Be able to list and describe the three actions for effective presenting.
  • Identify what steps they can take to improve their presentations.

PREPARATION

Send a copy of the One Idea Summary on Three Actions for Presenting Effectively to the participants one week before the session. They are to read it before the session and bring it with them.

THE SESSION

Introduce the session

Introduce the session by sharing the learning objectives with them.

Review the three actions.

Split them into pairs.

Tell each pair to discuss what they read about the three actions for presenting effectively from the One Idea Summary and be ready to talk about what they discussed. Continue reading

Book Review – Giving Presentations by Nick Morgan

Giving PresentationsGiving Presentations by Nick Morgan is another of the books in the Harvard Business School Press Pocket Mentor. While this series of books were mainly written for management development, the advice in them is useful for anyone whether you are a manager or not. As is the custom with the series, the book is divided into two parts. The first part contains the main content of the book while the second section provides some extra resources that compliment the main content.

According to the author, the aim of the book regarding delivering presentations is to help us with:

  • Knowing the audience
  • Customizing our message
  • Engaging the audience
  • Managing questions properly
  • Overcoming presentation fears
  • Rehearsing effectively

Following is a quick review of each part of the book.

GIVING PRESENTATIONS – THE BASICS

All About Presentations

Here we are introduced to why managers use presentations and the different types of presentations. For instance, managers may use presentations to persuade listeners to do something, convey information and engage people in problem solving.

The different types of presentations described are:

  • Sales
  • Product demonstration
  • Persuasion
  • Status report
  • Business plan or strategy

Some information is also given about the importance of tailoring a presentation to:

  • Size of the audience
  • Formality of the situation
  • Regularity of the meeting
  • Time of day and what the occasion is about

First Things First

What should you do first when you need to give a presentation? Logically you should prepare and that’s what this part of the book discusses. Three preparation actions are discussed which are: Continue reading