FACULTY TIPS

Minnesota CLE contributors are the most important resource in our mission to provide high quality continuing education to Minnesota lawyers and judges. The contribution of your time and expertise is so valuable and we, along with our customers, greatly appreciate it. Below are some helpful tips to make your presentation the best that it can be.

5 Tips in 5 Minutes: Quick Videos by Steve Hughes

Steve Hughes teaches lawyers and other professionals how to give world-class presentations www.theconferencespeaker.com
5 Top Tips for Delivering Great Presentations
5 Top Tips for Delivering Great Webcasts
5 Top Tips for Creating Great PowerPoint Presentations

Seminar & Webcast Tips Sheets

How to Give a Great Presentation (PDF)
A 10-point checklist to help you become a more successful teacher.
How to Moderate a Great Panel Presentation (PDF)
A 9-point checklist to help you become a more successful moderator.
How to Create a Great PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)
A 12-point checklist to help you create great PowerPoint presentations.
Guidelines for Written Course Materials (PDF)
A 10-point checklist to help you create helpful materials.
How to Give Great Webcast Presentations (PDF)
15 tips to help you become a successful webcaster.
Checklist for Webcast PowerPoints and Other Presentation Options (PDF)
While not a requirement, PowerPoints can be a helpful teaching aid.
Guidelines for Webcast Written Course Materials (PDF)
If you are providing materials, the following are some guidelines we hope will be helpful.

Additional Tips

Begin With the End in Mind

Good speakers plan ahead to end their presentations on a high note. Don’t end your talk with “Are there any questions?” When there are no questions, there’s an uncomfortable silence, followed by an awkward closing. Good speakers end their talks (even if they’ve taken audience questions) with one closing comment or final tip, and then they thank the audience. That is the cue for them to applaud.

Some good closing lines are:

"Thank you for your time and attention."

"Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you."

"Thank you for having me here today."

"I enjoyed being a part of today’s seminar. Thank you."

No Apologies

Don’t begin your presentation with an apology.

"Sorry, this is a really boring topic."

"I’m not sure why they asked me to talk about this."

"I’m feeling a little under the weather today, so bear with me."

"I know it’s 70 degrees outside and we’re stuck in here, but I’ll try to get through this quickly so we can all leave."

Many inexperienced speakers begin their presentations with apologies as a joke or to lower expectations. All this does is drain the energy right out of the room.

Experienced speakers know that you have to maintain the positive energy in the room with enthusiasm for your presentation. You can always find something interesting to say, even about a "boring" topic. If you’re not enthusiastic about your presentation, your audience won’t be either.