I like this summary of presenting. Probabably the best thing to do is practise, not just in a room on your own but to other people and audiences. Present at little events until you eventually realise there is nothing to it and can do it anywhere.
As to presentation preparation I always prefer to wing it. I’ll know key points I need to get across in my head and I’ll join the dots freestyle. I find I get confused if I have everything written down as when I inevitably miss a bit I start thinking about that bit and it breaks the flow of the talk.
Thank you for these tips about presenting your work live to the public.
As I want to avoid too much revision and paying for revision, even though I have written my first, very short chapter, my next move will be to try a public appearance to get the intended audiences’ opinion. You know how most books sell on their first chapter? I would just like that reassurance from them that my concept is interesting/commerical. And I wrote myself a script in “freestyle” language, in spoken word if you know what I mean…
Hopefully this market research will feed into the PRESENTATION of the story, because I am pretty sure about the heart of the story. I just won’t be uploading it until it is completely finished.
Good luck with trying your first chapter out on an audience – I think it’s a great idea to get some feedback on it, and the act of reading something out can make you think more carefully about the way that you get your story across. There’s a real need to be engaging and strong when you talk to an audience, which is exactly what a first chapter needs too!
Thank you, and Nikesh this a great, well pitched article! It’ll help to choose the title and cover image too, in a totally impartial way. x