4 Tips to a Better Chairmans Presentation
It's almost time for Chairmans Presentations! As you are putting the final touches on your presentation, keep these things in mind.
1) Make sure your presentation addresses all the points in your Executive Summary. The judges want to hear you tell them about the impact your team has had on your community and your teams members. Give specific examples. If your mentors have been of great value to you or your team or have helped in a specific way that went above and beyond the call of duty, express that to the judges. Be specific and address every point in the Executive Summary if possible.
2) Take a good hard look at your graphics. Make sure they are simple to read. Remember, the judges have to get the message within a few seconds while listening to your presentation. Keep the visuals as simple as possible, highlighting the most important parts of your message. Your message will get lost in complicated graphics. If possible, have someone from outside the team look at the visuals. Are they able to quickly apprehend your message?
3) Give the judges a notebook, or even something more creative, that contains documentation of your teams efforts. Has your team been in the newspaper? Make sure to provide the names of the papers and dates your team was highlighted. What about television interviews or visits with your congressmen? Be sure to have names, dates and pictures to support your claims.
4) When you walk into the presentation room, what will leave the biggest impact on the judges isn't just the information you give - it's the excitement you show about the information. If come off as tired and apathetic, that's how the judges will feel about your information. On the other hand, if you show passion and excitement, that's how they'll feel about your team. The attitude you give will be reciprocated by the judges. If the information your team gives is solid and your attitude is up-beat, you've got a recipe for a great presentation. Passion is infectious.
Now, there's no set of rules that say, "do this and you'll have a perfect presentation!" Every presentation and every team is different. Therefore, the style must change from team to team. However, these basic techniques and guidelines will help every team form a kick-bot presentation.