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"Developing excellent communication skills is absolutely essential to effective leadership. If a leader can't get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn't even matter."

—Former National Semiconductor CEO Gilbert Amelio

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How Would You Answer These Sample Questions?

When answering these questions, think about the most recent speech or presentation that you have delivered.

  1. I had a good introduction, covering what I was going to talk about, how, and why. I gave my audience a roadmap of what was to come.

  2. My conclusion clearly conveyed the next step(s) I wanted members of the audience to take.

  3. The main themes of my presentation were easy for the audience to identify.

Here's how we might respond to Question 1:

I thoroughly understood my audience ahead of time (i.e., their beliefs, perceptions, objections, and potential questions about my topic).

This is the first and most important aspect of presentation preparation. With each individual presentation be sure that you exactly who you will be speaking to As k the person coordinating your presentation for help. He or she will be a wealth of information , able to answer some, but not all, of your questions. It is up to you to do your homework, your due diligence.

While your first attempt at this is unlikely to be brief, it will get more focused as you keep working on it…say it out loud as though you were speaking to your target audience. A version of this, possibly stated a bit differently, is also your conclusion.

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Answer these questions and 50 more for a complete, candid and immediately useful assessment of your abilities to impress an audience. Whether it's a venue of three hundred, or a board room of twelve, or even a job interview; Tom's time-tested method will instantly improve your confidence and your ability to persuade and motivate your listeners.