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How to Polish Your Presentations

If you want to communicate effectively before an audience, here's what you need to do: Practice, practice, practice

Failing to rehearse for your next presentation could lead to disaster -- losing an account, an opportunity, or your job. I've seen it happen.

I remember working with the vice-president of a private company who had to give a major presentation to investors. The chief executive confided to me that he was afraid that turning the vice-president loose on the investors could be a damaging decision. Frankly, at the start of our first session, I began to feel the CEO was right. The executive stumbled through the entire presentation, not knowing how to get going, where to look, or when to end. Another person in the organization told me that hundreds of employees were losing confidence in this VP.