Rehearsal and Delivery Tips
Timing, Content, and Rehearsal | During Your Presentation | Question & Answer
Timing, Content, and Rehearsal
- Each slide should be displayed for at least ten seconds, and no longer than two minutes.
- Each statement you make should be an average of 12 words.
- Each concept should have three to four statements to support it.
- Practice your presentation, and remember that practice usually runs 20% faster than your actual presentation.
- Visit the speaker ready at least four hours prior to your presentation to upload your session.
- Utilize the speaker ready room to preview your visuals and make any changes.
During Your Presentation
- Take a few deep breaths before you begin.
- Talk into the microphone.
- Fold back the upper corner of your notes so pages can be turned easily.
- Prepare your script with cues for yourself (smile, pause here, etc.).
- Address your talk to the back of the room if you are nervous.
- Speak in a friendly, relaxed manner.
- Remember, you are telling a story - no matter how technical the information is.
- State your objectives at the beginning of your presentation.
- Consider asking the audience for their "burning questions" to make sure you address them during your presentation.
- Converse with your audience, and try not to read to them.
- Maintain eye contact.
- Track your time to avoid running over.
- Be prepared for interruptions.
- Have a prepared and memorable summary.
- Give credit to others who contributed.
- Take time to pause, it will give the audience time to catch up with you and digest.
- Have notes, but use them sparingly.
- Use personal examples and stories in your speech whenever possible.
- Stay relaxed.
Question & Answer
- Repeat each question so that the entire audience hears it.
- Take a moment to reflect on the question/s.
- Wait for the attendee to finish their entire question before you start to answer.
- Avoid prolonged discussions with one person. If you can't answer their question quickly:
- Offer to research an answer and get back to them via email.
- Suggest resources where they can get an answer.
- Postpone the question for the end of the talk or a private discussion after the session.
- Ask for audience suggestions
- Make materials available after session (your handouts should be posted on the ASHA Web site).
- Make yourself available after session.
- Anticipate possible questions.
- Use the last question to summarize.