I have been slow in posting to my blog over the last couple of weeks.  I have been neglecting my website, in order to invest much time and energy into upcoming presentations to the Mayor’s Office of the City of Indianapolis, as well as the Lacy Leadership Association.

I have been working with four other graduate students at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA).  In our project, we have designed a city-wide neighborhood-focused marketing initiative.  When our full report is complete, I will look forward to sharing the executive summary with the general public and posting it here, as well.

With these upcoming presentations, I have been thinking about how to prepare for presentation success.  I recommend the following:

  • Wear professional attire.  Be the best dressed in the room!
  • Do not use technical jargon.  Use language that makes sense to a fourth-grader.
  • Consider creative visual presentations.  Do you have to use powerpoint?
  • Practice in front of people who have no experience with your specific content.
  • Inquire about available technology and plan for this technology not being available.
  • Brainstorm potential questions that may be posed during Q&A.  Script a response for if you don’t know the answer.

What do you do to prepare for a presentation?  Leave a comment with your suggestion.

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Interested in learning more about my Capstone project?  Check out these recent blog posts:

Bitter or Better?

Marketing Indianapolis Neighborhoods