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What are some ways to prepare an effective presentation? Give an example where you have witnessed either an effective opening or one that was not effective and why. Give an example of how to prepare an effective presentation.

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Please look at this one as well - answers to your assignment are within the text. http://www.tf.uni-kiel.de/matwis/amat/elmat_en/kap_1/advanced/t1_2_1.html
In today's fast, competitive environment success usually comes to those who can deliver their ideas in a clear, organized, and confident manner. The skill needed to present information or persuade others is a learned activity. Its focus should be on the critical components of effective presentations - a clean, clear formal structure, solid evidence, and dynamic interactive delivery elements.

Don't fall in love with your word-smithing. Make any revisions that are necessary, and then prepare a good oral presentation. In fact, you should have both a 2-minute and a 5-minute oral attention grabber. Follow up with a detailed 15- to 30-minute presentation. All should be modeled on your written business plan.
For example, you would orient and write the plan differently for presentation to a banker than you would for a venture capitalist, an underwriter, or a private investor. The venture capitalist would want to know what risks are involved, whereas the banker wants more information about how good the security is. These concerns must be individually addressed. There are no hard and fast rules for preparing a business plan--no established, formal format. The key word is ingenuity. Strive for inventiveness; strive to be interesting and captivating.
Industry Profile
Discuss pertinent trends, past, present, and future. Offer available statistical data on sales and units. Use charts, graphs, and tables if they can make the presentation clearer and more impressive. Refer to trade associations if helpful.
How to present to them
Need one page brief (2-4 page) executive summary, and full business plan; most important, one minute pitch, 3 minute ...

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Presentation Delivery: Effective Techniques

You are almost ready to deliver a PowerPoint presentation, but before you do, you need to polish and refine your PowerPoint presentation and also solidify your plans for your delivery techniques. You need to ensure that you are comfortable speaking about the slides and also operating the hardware while speaking publicly. You now need to enhance the delivery of the presentation and rehearse it so that it becomes a tool which aids the delivery of your message.

Remember: The presentation will be given in a variety of locations to several different audiences including:
- to the board of directors of the parent company.
- to small groups of Venture Capitalists.
- to both commercial and investment bankers.
- to the stockholders at the annual meeting.

Create an analysis which discusses the techniques you will use to finesse your presentation. Address such issues as readability. (Remember that you are delivering the presentation to a diverse group of attendees and also remember that the physical setting will widely vary with each group). Be specific as to how and what you will change about your presentation. Are the same type fonts and points equally good choices for each of the situations? Can you use the same themes and color schemes? Specify why you made the choices which you did.

What kinds of handouts are you going to use? What is the level of detail you will give each audience? Will the handouts contain the same information for each audience? Will they all be printed on the same kind of paper? What other considerations are there? Are you going to staple the handouts or have them professionally bound?
Will you vary the emphasis of your delivery depending upon the intended audience? If so, describe how.
Will any of the presentations require different visual aids, flip charts or sample prototypes? To which audience will you make modifications to your basic presentation? Why?

How will you vary the level of detail to accommodate your intended audience? Are you planning to speak for a half-hour to one group, but only 5 minutes to another? What is your plan? Will the ordered sequence of slides and the actual number of slides vary by presentation?

Be specific as to the techniques and strategies you will use in the delivery.
How are you rehearsing the timings? Your remarks? Your speech patterns? The volume and speed of your talk? Your eye-contact level?

Make the following refinements to your PowerPoint presentation:
- Incorporate any requisite changes into the PowerPoint presentation.
- Add a footer and a title page to the PowerPoint presentation.
- Add least one sound or audio clip which logically enhances the message of the slide(s).
- Add an "Animation Scheme".
- Add a "Slide Transition".
- Time the settings to advance the slides every 3 seconds.
- If you have not already done so, ensure that the final screen displays black.
- Ensure that your presentation can be viewed on your Instructor's computer. Review "Package for CD" as needed.
- Save it using a new file name.

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