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Presentation Workbooks

If your handout contains many pages or if it is likely to be well
used, you might consider putting the sheets together with a
cerlox binding. Use a specially printed cover with the company
or organization logo to customize the material.
     Handout booklets create a very professional impression.
They also help ensure that you do not forget anything! The
disadvantage is that the audience may become distracted by
flipping ahead in the book to see what’s next. Tell them this is
forbidden and threaten them with a penalty! An advantage
though, and one not to be overlooked, is that the participants
will be more likely to save your handouts after the presenta-
tion if they are neatly packaged. It will also be easier for them
to review your whole proposal at a later date.

Encourage Notetaking

One of the essential ingredients for learning is spaced repeti-
tion. As often as you can, encourage your audience to take
notes during your presentation. If you want your group to
retain the material, encourage them to review their notes
often. Your presentation will then be more likely to have a
lasting impact. Key words and simple illustrations will help
your participants retain your message. Ask them in advance to
take note of what you will say and they will listen more
attentively. Encourage them to mark, underline and circle key
words on your handouts.
     In my own "Presentation" seminar each participant re-
ceives a workbook. There are only 8-10 key words printed per
page. With each audience, I strongly urge them to circle,
underline or even cross out the points! They have the right to
be wrong!



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