This Week's Tip: Use a Timer Most presentations have a time limit, and exceeding that time limit is rude and ineffective. Finishing to soon can present other risks. While speaking or presenting, though, our internal clock is unreliable. Use a timer of some sort. Post Tip Discussion Preparation is the key to success in conducting a presentation. There are a lot of models for this, and I like to use this approach. Stage 1: Early Development In this stage, you determine your point, figure out what you know, identify the other resources you need to consult, learn about your audience, and confirm the logistics and timing of your presentation. Stage 2: Building Your Content Consolidate your material and make sure it still supports your goal and main point. A sample outline will include: Theme Introduction Call to Action Main Point 1 Details Examples Demos Supporting information Main Point 2 Details Examples Demos Supporting information Main Point 3, etc. Conclusion and Summary Confirm again that your content is the right content. Now, you can start building your slides. Stage 3: Practice Rehearse your presentation many times so there are no surprises when it's time to do it for real. How do you prepare for a presentation? Let us know below. You can add your tips or questions here or call the listener line at 650-TalkTip (650-825-5847).