Presentation Skills NavigationDefine Your ObjectivesYOUR OBJECTIVES!

Over the years there have been tons of books written on how to define "your objectives" on every conceivable subject imaginable. Also they have written as many books, as well, to learn if you have reached your objectives.

We are not going to try to reinvent the wheel here, accept to say that for a presentation or speech, it should be a relative simple task. The first step you need to do is answer these questions. 

"What do I want to accomplish?" Will I be. . .

  • Sharing information?
  • Identifying a problem?
  • Teaching a new skill?

All of us at some point in time have attended a meeting, presentation, briefing or some lecture, then when it was over we walked away wondering "what was that all about." Then there were other times we sat there listening to every word said like grant sponges soaking up every word knowing the information was vital to us. We came away knowing the reason and the objectives behind the presentation because they were clear and straightforward and taught us a new skill or we learned about a new problem and how to solve it.

Remember, no matter what your subject material may be . . .your highest priority during your objective planning stage of your presentation are. . .

  • Can I reach my objectives realistically?
  • Does this make sense?
  • Does it flow logically?
  • Will they understand it?
  • Can they accomplish it?

Determining your objectives for a presentation is much more than just a simple task of writing them down on a piece of paper. Defining your objectives will require you to carefully think through each steps of the process to determine what is or is not accomplishable to reach your objectives? The next is to prioritize them, in order of importance. Then you build your presentation around those objectives which you consider are the most important ones to reach or accomplish your goal.

In simple terms, an objective is an outline of what you want to achieve, and the steps required to reach a predetermined goal or produce the desired effects you want or your audience to achieve.

Just remember determining an objective for your presentation, briefing or speech is not very hard, it’s just a matter of figuring out what you want you’re listeners to walk a way with?

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