How to Perfect Your Presentation Skills

As a Rebel, you have enormous charisma, which is invaluable for holding an audience’s attention. A well-crafted, finely honed message is equally important, however — as is having control of your physical space. Keep the points below in mind to ensure you are firing on all cylinders. Click here for more ArcheGuides.

Prior planning isn’t your thing, but if you walk into a room with sight-line-obstructing columns and crummy acoustics, it’s hard to keep your head in the game. Ask a few questions before you arrive, such as: What’s the size and shape of the room? What’s the sound setup? Is there a podium? What is it made of — wood, Lucite? Can you do a sound check ahead of time?

In addition to not planning ahead, prior practice is also anathema to you. However, no one in this world is better off the cuff, on the fly, or whatever you want to call it. Practice your presentation out loud at least three times before you speak — it’s only when you do it out loud that you notice you have no transitions, you have a plot hole in your story, you need to add some stats, and so on.

Mother Teresa was apparently not willing to attend an antiwar rally but was happy to go to one that was pro-peace. With this in mind, think about the language you are going to use. You don’t want to include words that are so inflammatory that you alienate the audience you are trying to engage.