Monthly Archives: January 2010

Know your last sentence

Last week I gave a morning presentation session on my book for UBA. 20 interested people listening to what I had learned from interviewing women in top positions. I was so enthusiastic and they were such a great audience that I even gave more advice on how to structure a presentation. How to begin, how to structure the middle and I deliberately did not give any ideas on how to end to make them curious. No surprise when someone asked me during the Q&A what my advice is on how to end a presentation. I told them about the 3 parts: summarize or come to a conclusion, Q&A, and the last important part is to know what your last (strong) sentence will be AFTER the Q&A to end it completely without having to say ‘Thank you for your attention’. When I gave this information I suddenly realized that I had not thought of an ending for the presentation I was giving. And as I had given them information on how to end it I had to walk my talk…One of the things you can do is refer back to the very beginning to actually make the circle round. For this presentation I had been introduced and people knew that I had become an independent trainer in 2000. So my last sentences AFTER the questions was this ‘When I made the decision to become an indepent trainer I had no idea what an adventure it would become. But I can only say it was the best decision I ever made and I can only hope that this book will help you for your next presentations…’ I made the circle round alright but what I did not expect is that I became all emotional in saying these words. I had to fight against my tears and could barely speak the words which made me realize yet again. You’d better be prepared and know exactly how to end it so you won’t get surprises…