Framing Your Presentation So an Audience Knows What to Expect
Imagine how disappointed someone would be after seeing a movie that was a drama, when they went it thinking they were going to see a comedy.
Public speakers run a risk of creating a similar scenario. That’s why framing your presentation is important in keeping an audience happy.
Framing your presentation involves sharing at the beginning of comments both what a speaker will and will not be discussing. Sharing with an audience what they can expect involves:
· A review of the information that you plan to share with them
· Sharing how the information that you plan to share can help them
· Why your topic is important to current events and how they can apply what you share to better themselves, weather a crisis or overcome other situations
· How your presentation is instrumental in refuting false information or misunderstanding about a situation.
Once these areas have been identified, a speaker should continue by sharing how he will address each of those concerns. Much like a written outline to assist a reader in understanding what to expect, a speaker can also point to the gist of his comments by verbally outlining his presentation.
A speaker should also share how long he plans to speak, along with whether he plans to take questions either during or after his presentation. This allows audience members to formulate questions if they need clarification about anything that a speaker has discussed.
And speakers who do not plan to take questions for whatever reason should inform audience members so they will not be disappointed.
But what’s involved in framing your presentation when it comes to what won’t be shared? The considerations here may include:
· Sharing not only what you will not be discussing, but also why that aspect of a topic will not be addressed – time limitations, the situation is one others have spoken about extensively, an issue is libelous, etc.
· Telling audience members how they can obtain information about an aspect of a topic that you do not plan to address
Framing your presentation also involves sharing how additional information can be obtained about a topic so that those who desire can have a deeper understanding of the information shared.
A speaker also needs to know that framing your presentation requires his own adherence to certain rules as he is preparing his comments. This involves having an introduction that leads to the point of a speaker’s comments, followed by a summary in which all lose ends are tied up.