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Identify Your Resources

Know exactly what resources you’ll have at your disposal the day you present so you can plan to make the most of them. These include the physical space you’ll be in, the amount of time you’ll get, and the equipment you’ll have in the room.

What’s your venue like?

If possible, visit the venue and scope out any limitations. Note where you’ll be standing and how far away the most remote audience member will be. Decide whether you’ll need a microphone to be heard. Also assess the seating: People who have to stand through a presentation are more likely to leave early than those who have a chair.

How much time will you have?

Pace yourself so you can make your argument comfortably within the window you have. Factor in audience ...

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