Assessing Presentation Skills
Excelsior College HSC 310: Writing and Communication In The Health Science Profession
Professor Aundrea Christmas
November 02, 2014
Many believe that good presenters are born, not made. Of course that is far from the truth. Some people are more relaxed and comfortable speaking in front of others, but everyone can learn the skills and techniques they need to increase their level of confidence and performance when they present a brief. Some my strengths in presenting a brief is I have the ability to provide a high quality presentation while keeping it interesting with engaging content. I try with the preparation of the brief so I can satisfy my audience’s needs and expectation to deliver the content the way they want it. I understand what to present, and how to present it. I provide the information in a well-structured format including using techniques I picked along the way to keep the audience engaged and interested so I can help them remember what I presented and they will in turn remember me. One of the techniques I use is to start and finish strongly. My goal is to capture people’s interest as soon as I begin, and leave them with a message they won’t forget. I know that it is really tempting to focus your attention to the body of the presentation but I feel that getting people’s attention at the beginning, the audience won’t lose interest and turn themselves off to the rest of the presentation.
Another strength of mine is understanding my audience. I think the success of most presentations is based on this because presentations are generally judged on how the audience responds. It doesn’t really matter if you think you did an outstanding job on the presentation if the audience doesn’t agree with you. Before I start assembling the actual brief, I do the legwork to figure out and understand what the audience wants by determining who the audience