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Three Tools For Successful Presentations
Three important factors that contribute to successful technical presentations are:

  1. The KCI POD Process
  2. Brainstorming
  3. Understanding communication roadblocks
Tool #1 - The POD Process
POD is an acronym that stands for Plan, Organize, and Deliver. The POD process is a high-speed, 12-step presentation planning and organizing tool that will help you focus your technical presentation on your purpose, organize it to be readily understood by your audience, and deliver it in a convincing way.

The POD Process Is Repeatable
You can use this process to develop every presentation you give - making your work easier, more effective, and more efficient every time.

Why Use A Process
A process is needed because when we hear that we get to make a technical presentation, we often have so many thoughts and competing ideas that we don't know where to begin or how to get started. Many times we procrastinate at this point because we are flooded by information and don't know what to do with it. So we panic and don't do anything. The secret to overcoming this procrastination is to use a step-by-step process to systematically think through all of the individual ideas in the correct order and at the right time.

For instance, in the beginning you don't need to worry about your visual aids because you probably don't even have a clear idea of what your message will be. Why worry about how to handle a Q&A session when you haven't even decided what your main points will be.

KCI's POD process allows you to concentrate on first things first and helps you to systematically ask all the right questions at the right time.

Get in the habit of using it and you will save yourself time and energy and you'll be able to plan and organize your technical presentations more efficiently and effectively.

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