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The Manager's Guide to Presentations

Book Description

Ace the first presentation you deliver as a new manager and make your mark as a rising star in your organization

  • Deliver a confident, compelling presentation that establishes you in your new role

  • Rehearse your public speaking skills to engage your audience and motivate your new team

  • Packed with practical exercises, worksheets and templates designed to help you give an exceptional first presentation as a new manager

In Detail

Lauren Hug, founder of HugSpeak Coaching & Consulting, has been helping people reach and motivate audiences for 20 years. In this concise, friendly guide, she condenses her years of presentation expertise from the courtroom to the boardroom. Your presentations are a crucial part of establishing yourself as a leader. Developing a commanding presence and exceptional public speaking skills will mark you as a rising star within your organization. And it doesn't have to be daunting. Lauren will teach you how to speak with confidence, whether you're presenting to your employees, your boss or external stakeholders.

This accessible, practical book will walk you through the process step by step, from planning and developing your content, through mastering your materials, to delivering a dynamic performance and reaping the rewards in your career. With interactive exercises and templates, you'll learn how to embrace your signature speaking style, engage your audience, craft compelling content and speak like a pro. Along the way, you'll find yourself building relationships with team members and bosses alike, and developing valuable insights into your strengths as a manager. Through her positive and collaborative coaching approach, described as empowering, life-changing, and therapeutic, Lauren will help you shine as both a leader and a presenter.

About the Author

Lauren M. Hug , J.D., LL.M., an accomplished speaker, writer, and thinker, has helped people reach and motivate audiences for 20 years. For the past decade, she has applied analytical and communication skills to branding, messaging, and market research needs of businesses, big and small. As founder of HugSpeak Coaching & Consulting, she relies on presentation experience from the courtroom to the boardroom, involvement with dozens of corporate campaigns, insights from analyzing research along with cultural sensitivity from traveling and living abroad to advising clients in a wide variety of industries. Having discovered her gifts for public speaking, research, and strategy through her high school speech team, Lauren has a passion for helping students, as well as professionals, develop those crucial skills. Her positive, collaborative coaching approach has been described as empowering, life-changing, and even therapeutic. Lauren is an attorney and certified mediator whose academic credentials include an LL.M. with merit from the University of London, a J.D. with honors from the top-20 University of Texas School of Law, and a Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Texas.

Table of Contents

  1. The Manager's Guide to Presentations
    1. The Manager's Guide to Presentations
    2. Credits
    3. Foreword
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. Who this book is for
      3. Conventions
      4. Reader feedback
      5. Piracy
    7. 1. Planning Your Presentation
      1. The presentation planning process
      2. Beginning with you
      3. Addressing your concerns
      4. Setting your own personal goal
      5. Identifying your strengths
        1. Assessing your personal brand
      6. Leveraging your management skills
        1. Knowing your team, knowing your audience
        2. Understanding your boss
        3. Connecting with your team
        4. Getting to know the rest of the organization
      7. Setting your presentation goal
        1. What do you want the audience to do?
        2. Brainstorming your goal
        3. Refining your purpose
      8. Presentation parameters
        1. Length
        2. Preparation time
        3. Location
        4. Technology
        5. Audience size
        6. Context
      9. Summary
    8. 2. Developing Your Presentation
      1. What should you say in your presentation?
      2. What does the audience need to know?
        1. Think like your audience
        2. Adapt to your audience
      3. Why should your audience care?
      4. Why should your audience act?
      5. Why do you care?
      6. Organizing your presentation
      7. Opening
      8. Appealing to the audience
      9. Points (informing and persuading)
        1. Call to action
      10. Fleshing out your presentation
      11. Types of content
      12. A note about slides
      13. Including the audience in your presentation
      14. Introducing interaction
      15. Summary
    9. 3. Practicing Your Presentation
      1. Speaking with authority
        1. Posture
        2. Gestures
        3. Movement
        4. Face
        5. Eye contact
        6. Voice
      2. Rehearsing your presentation
        1. Evaluating your rehearsal
        2. Interactive rehearsal strategies
          1. Coffee conversation
          2. Section run-through
          3. Executive summary presentation
        3. Independent rehearsal strategies
          1. Mirror run-through
          2. Audio run-through
          3. Video run-through
      3. Preparing for Q&A sessions
      4. Summary
    10. 4. Giving Your Presentation
      1. Before – Managing anxiety
        1. Visualizing success
        2. Visualizing worst-case scenarios
        3. Pre-presentation checklist
      2. During – Connecting with your audience
        1. Relax
        2. Greet
        3. Smile
        4. Make eye contact
        5. Move
        6. Interact
        7. Be honest
      3. After – Obtaining feedback
        1. Discuss
        2. Follow up
        3. Evaluate
      4. Summary