Initial Planning

This is where you begin to tailor the talk to the situation, and for that reason this stage is very important for a successful presentation. Talk to your host and clarify these points before you spend much preparation time. If the environment and audience are unfamiliar to you, this is a critical stage. You may even want to do a literature search on potential audience members to identify areas of common interest or potential questions which may arise. Begin this stage early - the more lead time you allow yourself, the more time you will have to think up novel approaches to the topic and the more interesting and substantial your presentation will be.

Before you begin preparing the presentation, you'll need to determine:

  1. The type of talk you will be expected to give
  2. The composition of the audience
  3. The time allotted for the talk
  4. Expectations for information content

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Jeff Radel