So, what’s the drill when you are faced with a presentation opportunity that could land you $75 million?
A 5-member presenting team from Hawaii reckons it knows the answer. Practice and rehearse your presentation as much as you can.
The team is in Washington this week to bid for incremental funds for the State’s Education Department from the Race to the Top grant scheme. Their presentation to the US Department of Education took 30 minutes yesterday with a full hour for questions and answers. There’s a follow-up today.
The presentation is an important event for the State. Only two States–Tennessee and Delaware–received funds in the first round of funding. In this second round it’s reckoned that 10 or 12 States might strike lucky.
Preparing for the presentation was key. Robert Campbell, the State’s executive assistant for school reform, noted how the team had rehearsed their presentation twice in front of a mock adjudicating panel and also rehearsed individual parts of the presentation countless times. They had also rehearsed their answers to numerous questions likely to be asked by the Federal Education panel.
One issue that might jump up. Faced with a choice to present sitting down or standing up…the team opted for the choice of sitting down. That wouldn’t be my choice and certainly not my recommendation. Their presentation would undoubtedly get more impact with a standing performance.
Good luck to the Hawaii State presenters.
The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+
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