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Presentation Checklist: 5 Ways to Prepare for Presentations

Innovative educators understand the importance of being prepared to give a great presentation to inspire and influence others. Keeping these five ideas in mind, will help ensure you don't fall short. 

Presentation Checklist

Lisa Nielsen presenting to educators, who are not in the photo. Representative Charlie Rangel is standing next to her.

1. Have speaker notes on your slides. 
2. Know how to access the speaker notes as needed. 
              *When I present, I have speaker notes view on my phone.
3. Use the speaker notes to make a transcript and practice it.
4. Submit your presentation to the person who requested you speak in advance and ask for feedback.
                 *If you are doing this for a class, ask your teacher for feedback before you present.
                  *If you're a teacher, ask your students to share their presentations with you for review before they present live.
5. Arrive about at least 15 minutes early. Use this time to:
                  *Prepare yourself.
                   *Check your tech. 
                   *Don't forget to check the sound.
                    *Connect with participants. 

Your turn

Do you do you, or your students, do each item on the checklist before presenting? Any other tips, tricks, or ideas? 

Lisa Nielsen (@InnovativeEdu) has worked as a public-school educator and administrator since 1997. She is a prolific writer best known for her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator. Nielsen is the author of several booksand her writing has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times,The Wall Street Journal, Tech&Learning, and T.H.E. Journal.