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the subject area. Read business papers, journals and newsletters
to get new ideas. What is being neglected that you can possibly
improve? Ask others for input you can use in your presentation.

Organize Your Presentation

It is usually not very difficult to find enough material for a
speech. The hard part is deciding how to put it all together.
There are an infinite number of perspectives you can have on
any single topic and any one of them might be appropriate for
a particular audience.

Have an Idea File

Your topic should be thoroughly researched. Keep an idea file
solely devoted to your presentations. Save clippings, quota-
tions and magazine articles in it. Have a separate one for each
topic you might want to present. If you give a lot of presenta-
tions on more than one topic you may want to develop a more
sophisticated system for cataloguing your ideas.
     You should have many times more material than time to
cover it in your talk. In order to be an authority in front of your
audience, you should know at least ten times as much about
your topic as they do. In this way you are an expert in their
eyes.
     Collect personal anecdotes that show you at your creative
best. Think also of times when you made mistakes. Be pre-
pared to talk about how you learned life’s lessons. Can you
remember the times when you made a fool of yourself? Can you
laugh at that now? Turn these experiences into positive sto-
ries. Your audience will appreciate your sincerity. Think about
what you learned. Record your ideas on 3 x 5 notecards and
keep them in your idea file.



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