You have a goal. You know your audience. You identified the audience benefit, and you organized your content to meet their needs.

This preparation puts you on the path toward rapport. But there is more to know, more to pursue.

Let’s get started!

Rapport creates comfort. Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash;


Think about your circle of friends. They are a unique group. You approach different friends for help with different issues.

With some friends, you can share secrets. You can rest knowing that the private information will go no further.

Other friends might be more fun to hang out with when you need a good laugh. When you…

Kids: Experts of Presentation Preparation

You know your goal. You have well organized content. You are determined to be well prepared. But you are not the only one who needs to be prepared.

A common parenting experience serves as a good example.

“Mommeeeee. I looooove you!

You are the best mommy in the world! Thank you for being a good mommy.

Guess what? I cleaned my room and did all of my chores! You didn’t even have to remind me!”

The words are delivered with a big hug and puppy dog eyes.

Awwwww. So sweet.

That is a natural response–unless you are an experienced mom…

Presentation Preparation: When it doesn’t happen

Big sigh.

Here we go again.

Another presenter is winging it.

Another panelist is hearing questions for the first time.

Another expert is relying on their experience without thinking through how to communicate that experience with others.

The audience is frustrated because the presenter is not prepared.

The emoji for awkwardness.
The emoji for awkwardness.
Presentation Preparation prevents painful experiences. Photo by Bernard Hermant on Unsplash

Presentation Preparation is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Your approach depends on the assignment.

Be determined to be prepared. Unless called on for an impromptu presentation, you have a responsibility to deliver presentations that have been prepared and practiced.

Know your hope. Know your presentation goal. And then prepare the content.

When assigned a…

Presentation Microphones — should you use one? How should you use it? Photo by zhenzhong liu on Unsplash

Presentation microphones are uncommon in small room presentations. In your experience, they might be rare. But occasionally, you will encounter something different.

Do not stress. You got this!

You have a goal. You organized your content and practiced the delivery. And now it is time to share your message!

When someone at the presentation site approaches you and asks,

“Do you need a microphone?”

You do not panic or automatically decline. You think about the contents of this article.

When needed, the presentation microphone usage should be guided by these three tips. Protect energy. Ensure access. Know preference.

Presentation Microphone Tip 1: Protect Energy.

Most small…

Say what? Distracting gestures cause confusion. Photo by Dex Ezekiel on Unsplash

Distracting Gestures Create Stress

The information is interesting and valuable. You want to focus and take it all in. But you are distracted.

“I feel uncomfortable. What is going on? This is weird. The gestures seem off. Why is that?”

Most of us have experienced the awkwardness created by distracting gestures. We are sitting in the audience wondering about the movements rather than listening to the message. The awkwardness was created because the gestures were either unnatural or inappropriate for the room.

You have hope and a presentation goal. You know your audience and have discovered the audience benefit. You organized the content and…

Let’s talk about eye contact in presentations.

You have hope, and you have a presentation goal that leads toward that hope. You know your audience, and you are determined to connect the audience to the content in ways that lead them toward the goal. You realize that your content’s quality is important, but it is not the only thing that will make an impact. Your delivery matters. So you want to be well prepared, and you want to engage the audience in ways that make it easy for them to listen and consider the ideas you are bringing to the…

Presentation preparation is vital to your success. Your words are powerful. Knowing this, you seek to prepare content that will support the goal that leads to your hope. You know your crowd and have identified the audience’s benefit. It is time to get to work crafting content that will be the most effective for this specific situation.

Presentation Preparations can be improved with three simple considerations.
Photo by @chuklanov on Unsplash

You are motivated and pointed in the right direction. So, why is it so hard to focus? It could be that you are dealing with distractions associated with time and location. Remember the old saying that there is a time and place for…

An Effective Presence will Bring Content to Life.

To be a trustworthy guide, it is vital for you to exhibit the characteristics of an effective presence. You have a presentation goal. You have an audience. And you are determined to connect the audience to the content in ways that lead them toward the goal.

You realize that your content’s quality is important, but it is not the only thing that will make an impact. Your words can change the world, so you want them to be heard.

Your presence matters. Great content delivered poorly is not likely to succeed.

Here are three things to keep in mind as…





Another quarter went in the jar.

Kent kept a roll of quarters with him whenever he came to speech class.

Kent knew his struggle, and he knew it was going to cost him.

Fortunately, the experience didn’t prevent him from pursuing a life that involved hundreds of presentations. Thirty years later, he is still using his skills to help people lead more fulfilling lives.

Oops! Imperfections keep life interesting! Photo by Jelleke Vanooteghem on Unsplash

You know your goal. You understand your audience. You have well-organized content and a well-practiced delivery. You want to avoid mistakes and make a good impression.

Interestingly, research is revealing that presentation perfection…

Kids playing tug of war
Kids playing tug of war
Congruence in Presentations means pulling together, Photo by Anna Samoylova on Unsplash

Defining Congruence in Presentations

You have a hope, a presentation goal, and a plan to connect the audience to the content.

You know that there are things you can adapt so your content will appeal to various groups. You can adapt your facial expressions, your tone, and your words.

As you make these adaptations, there is an important concept to keep in mind.


Congruence involves agreement, harmony, and compatibility.

When making Big Presentations in Small Rooms, you want all elements of communication pulling in the same direction. You want congruence in presentations.

Congruence in Presentations is Like Tug-of-War

In an earlier blog we learned about adapting facial expressions, tone…

Michael Gibson

Michael Gibson is a speaker, trainer, and instructional designer. His book, Big Presentations in Small Rooms, is available at Amazon.

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