A variety of speaking styles!
More expertise on the topic!
People to share the burden of creating the message and engaging the audience!
Taking a team approach promises all sorts of benefits to the audience and to you, the presenter.
Yet, too often we see teams struggle to do collectively what each member of the group might otherwise do well on their own.
Turns out a lot goes into making a group presentation successful. The work isn't always distributed equally--nor should it be in many cases.
But there are things every team member (including you) should be prepared to do.
After decades of helping teams get it together, here are three tips we know will make a difference.
If this seems obvious to you, hooray!
We frequently see, however, that people divide up the presentation then do little else before they combine their slides into a single deck and start bumbling through their presentation in front of an audience.
By collaborate and coordinate, we mean:
Of course, the time you invest in this will vary, depending on the importance and complexity of the presentation. But even a little advance coordination of content goes a long way toward making a better impression--and one walk-through of the delivery as a team can help you iron out the worst problems.
Even when teams prepare and rehearse, we still see some fall into a pit that goes something like this:
Sally (wrapping up): And that concludes my part of the presentation on production. Thank you for your attention. Now, I'll hand it off to Jim, who'll tell you how we're going to approach marketing.
Jim (opening his section): Thanks Sally for that great presentation on production and thank you everyone for being here. Like Sally said, I'm Jim and I'll tell you how we're going to approach marketing.
Awkward. And boring.
Then imagine that pattern repeating as the next three speakers come forward. Or show yourself some mercy and don't.
Your group presentation will seem better coordinated, more professional, and less plodding if you make the least of these types of transitions. Instead:
Or at least fake that you're listening to your team members. Because from the moment your group presentation starts, every member of your team is "on."
Your audience will be watching ALL of you. If you look bored, roll your eyes at something another member of the group says, or check your phone while someone else is presenting, they will see YOU--and draw conclusions from that.
When a team member is presenting:
Another advantage to listening closely to your team members is that you can relate back to something they've said or add a bit of information they've inadvertently left out--another way to make your whole team look good.
If your team is using PowerPoint, these guidelines can help.
Think your team might face some tough questions? Here's how to think about preparing.
Could jargon be a problem? Here's how to spot it and minimize it.
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