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How to Present an Idea

By Brenda on April 13th, 2012
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Being able to present an idea is something that will come in useful during your time as a student and professional. People who can present ideas effectively will be successful. Some believe that some people are born presenters while others are not. This is true to a certain extent as some are better natural presenters, but it is a skill that can be taught and perfected by almost anyone. Let’s take a look at how to present an idea.

Gather information supporting your idea

This is the most crucial step in presenting an idea. Without data, your idea will have nothing to stand on. The proof is in the pudding as they see. Many ideas never move beyond a nascent stage because their creators did not perform due diligence to find information that substantiates their idea. What you need to do is gather data as well as anecdotal evidence that support you. Think of it as gathering evidence for a court case.

Prepare scenarios showing how your idea will work

The best way to show your idea’s effectiveness is to show it in action rather than talking about it. It’s all about showing rather than telling. You have to be able to show your idea in action. This will give your audience an idea on how it will affect them as well as other stakeholders. Stakeholders are defined as anyone who is affected by your idea.

Develop an action plan showing your plan in action

Many ideas never gain traction because the person with the idea never develops a plan on how to implement the idea. You might have a great idea, but if you don’t know how to put it in place, it might never see the light of day. By preparing an implementation plan, you make it a much easier decision for those who have the authority to approve your idea or not.

Address potential issues against your idea

Many decision makers will be sitting there trying to find holes in your idea and plan. You have to beat them to the punch. You must show that you’ve thought of potential issues and how to overcome them. No idea is without its own set of problems and barriers. Anyone who thinks their idea is without challenges is shortsighted and ignorant. By presenting how to overcome obstacles, this makes it easier for people to implement your idea. It also shows you are a strategic thinker.

Present with Passion

This is often overlooked. If you believe in your idea you should present with some passion. That doesn’t mean to be over the top, but you should at least act like you have a pulse. Your presentation should follow the rule of the 3 P’s – Passionate, polished and professional. Stiff presenters are boring and uninspiring. Your idea should be able to stand on its own, but your passion will add a lot to what you are trying to accomplish.

Follow these steps and you will become a pro at presenting ideas.

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