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Panic, Preparation, Practice, and Panache, Part 4



Panic, Preparation, Practice, and Panache, Part 4
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Vocabulary
     challenging words:    panache, presentation, verve, element, mints, various, stylish, props, overpower, distinctive, series, saying, illustrate, thereby, possibly, better


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Panic, Preparation, Practice, and Panache, Part 4
By Beth Beutler
  

1     What is "panache?" Why would we want to add it to a presentation? The word "panache" means dash, or verve, distinctive and stylish elegance. It once referred to a plume of feathers on an officer's helmet. Feathers are not necessary for a helmet to work. But, they do add some style and certainly get someone's attention! That is what you want your speech to do.
 
2     You can add style to your presentation in a number of ways. It is possibly the most fun element of making a presentation. However, we deal with this last in our series because if you don't have a good speech prepared, style won't be much help.
 
3     Once you have prepared and practiced, and even along the way, begin to think about extras that can make your speech even more enjoyable. Remember, you have to keep the listener's attention to get them to think about your topic without getting distracted by the extras. Think of it this way. If you are cooking a meal, you only want to add just enough spice to make it tastier, not so much to overpower the dish.
 
4     Here are some ways that you can add style and panache to your presentations. Don't do them all! Just pick one or two that will fit your topic, time limit, and information. Notice that these suggestions allow the audience to use various senses (seeing, hearing, tasting, touching). When the audience uses a variety of senses, their learning is enhanced.

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