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Polishing your presentation skills; selling your good ideas

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When selling your ideas, you need to be prepared to deliver a top-notch presentation. Here are some ways to sharpen those skills:

Put together a skeleton. List the major points. Write a short introduction and conclusion. Capture immediate attention in the intro by asking a question or making a bold statement. Conclude on a high note by sending the audience out with a call to action--give them something to do.

Develop the talk. Write five or six sentences about each major point. Use words that are comfortable for you and that your audience will understand.

Practice, practice, practice. Rehearse the presentation enough so that you will talk to the audience, not to your notes. Be careful not to memorize the speech too thoroughly; you want to be able to think on your feet when you deliver it.

Work from a one-page outline. If you've practiced, you should be able to use your initial skeleton (assuming you haven't revised it) as y...(register to read more)

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