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Preparation is the Key
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Introduction to Preparation is Key

Savvy speakers know that effective speeches actually begin long before the first word is uttered. As in many things, the key to a successful presentation is in preparation, and this Focus explores the activities that can precede a memorable speech. Such activities include a venue checklist, must-have items to have with you at the lectern, and the all-important Pro-Program Questionnaire.

Of course, doing these activities won't guarantee that your presentation will be a success. But it will certainly improve your chances of success! (And don't you want to do everything you can to improve your odds?)

Jim Barber
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Jim Barber
Creator of Pro Speaker U and the Finders Speakers Marketing Center, and Head Barber of one of the web's longest-running sites, The Barber Shop

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1: Introduction to Preparation is Key — Savvy speakers know that effective speeches actually begin long before the first word is uttered. As in many things, the key to a successful...
2: Venue Checklist — To help ensure that your presentation is a success, you need to be thoroughly familiar with your speaking environment before you utter your first...
3: Items to Have at the Lectern — In addition to the venue checklist, you'll also want to have a checklist of essential items to have at the lectern, such as —
4: Common Seating Styles — As a speaker, you will probably encounter audiences in a variety of seating styles. There is no “best” seating style; each has its own advantages and...
5: Your Pre-program Questionnaire (PPQ) — A document that you’ll find to be invaluable in preparing for an engagement is a Pre-program Questionnaire, or PPQ. Basically, a Pre-program...
6: PPQ — General Questions — Let's start with some questions that you'll probably want to ask of every customer and for every engagement. What is the purpose of your meeting?...
7: PPQ — What Will I Accomplish? — The general questions are important, but they're probably not specific enough. Let's get into more detail with questions like — Why do you think I’...
8: PPQ — Challenges and Issues — Now let's consider some questions about your client that you may want to ask — What are the major challenges faced by the people who will be...
9: PPQ — Logistics — Other questions concern the venue and circumstances surrounding your presentation — When does your meeting begin? (date and time) When does it end...
10: PPQ — Audience Makeup — Here are some useful questions involving the actual people you'll be speaking to — How would you describe the anticipated audience? How many...

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