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Presentations (HBR 20-Minute Manager Series) by Harvard Business Review

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Debrief Your Presentation

You wrapped up your presentation by outlining next steps for the audience. Of course, you’ll follow through on your end of those commitments (see the next chapter, “Follow Up with the Audience”). But you also have an obligation to honestly assess the talk you just gave and to sharpen your skills before your next one.

Critiquing your content

No matter how well you’ve planned your presentation, the act of delivering it will often expose flaws, gaps, or other shortcomings, even if you’re a polished presenter.

You may discover small glitches, such as a slide that could not be read from the back of the room, or bigger ones, like a missing step in a process you outlined. Make a list of those flaws as soon as possible—no more ...

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