Thank you again for presenting at Limmud Oz. Here are some ideas to help you give a successful presentation.
Guidelines for presenters
1. Sessions at Limmud run for 60 minutes, with fifteen minutes between sessions.
2. Start your session on time and ensure you end on time (to keep the program running to schedule).
3. Limmud sessions should always allow time for Q & A or comments/discussion. If you want people to contribute to the conversation, invite them to make comments and share their thoughts throughout the session. If you prefer to keep questions until the end, please factor in 10 minutes for Q & A.
4. Use the break between sessions to set up.
5. Please be in the room where you are presenting at least 10 minutes before your session starts. One of our volunteers will be able to help you with any technical or room setup requirements that are relevant to your session.
6. Begin your session by stating the title and the aim of your session to ensure that everyone who is there is in the right room.
7. Please ensure your session adheres to the Core Values of Limmud.
Presentation skills for success
1. Focus on your core message and/or your top three key takeaway points.
2. Show your passion for the topic and connect to the audience. Tell the Story!
3. Focus on the audiences’ needs.
4. PowerPoint Slides
a. Keep background white/light with black letters
b. Minimum 32 font for text, 44 for Titles
c. Avoid reading the words on the slide. Use main ideas and speak to them, and if you need bullets, try to limit to 6 per slide and 6 words per bullet.
5. Voice and volume
a. Project to the whole audience – look left, right and centre.
b. Monitor the rate of your speech. Are you speaking too fast?
c. Check in with audience 5 minutes in and adjust if needed.
6. Repeat questions for the entire audience to hear before answering.
7. Avoid listing or using abbreviations, jargon and words in other languages that not everyone may understand. Even though this is a Jewish conference, not everyone will understand terminology in Hebrew or Yiddish. If you need to use these, please explain them to the audience.
8. Check that the content you have prepared matches the allocated time. Use the 10/20/30 rule. 10 slides for 20 minutes. Leave 10 min for questions at the end of the session.
9. Prepare a 15-word summary of your message or story and use it to prepare and close your session.
Guidelines for moderators
The value and role of a moderator
• A panel depends on its moderator, who acts as an intermediary between audience and panel and is most effective when well prepared and unbiased.
• The role is much more than introducing and reading the biographies of the panellists. The moderator is the oil which makes the engine of the panel run smoothly.
• Remember, moderators are not there to participate in the discussion, to offer opinions, or to make a speech. Rather, they bring out the best in each panellist, and ensure each panellist gets an equitable amount of time to speak.
A Limmud moderator’s checklist
1. Introduce yourself and, if applicable, identify your professional standing; then, briefly, summarise the nature of the discussion, explain your relationship with the subject matter (if applicable) and why you’re excited about moderating this panel.
2. Attend to practical matters like asking the audience to switch off their mobile phones and when sessions are crowded, refrain from leaving empty seats in the rows.
3. Introduce the speakers, in the order of seating. Keep these introductions very brief. You can remind the audience that detailed bios are available in the programme and online.
4. You may wish to ask one or two brief questions of the panel as a whole before you open it up to the floor to get the discussion flowing.
5. As time-keeper, ensure panellists do not go over the time designated to them, and ensure the session begins and ends on time. You should feel free to gently but assertively curtail speakers who exceed their time.
6. When every speaker has spoken, open up for questions and answers: You may wish to summarise the tenor and nature of the debate so far, perhaps placing it in a wider context.
7. Audience question time: When you ask whether there are any questions, remind the audience that you want questions, and not statements.
a. The questioner may identify a speaker, or ask the panel as a whole. If it is the latter, then you direct it to who you think is best qualified to answer. As far as possible, try to ensure that all your panellists get a roughly equivalent number of questions.
b. In potentially controversial sessions, encourage the speakers and audience to be respectful of others and engage in civil discourse. If a questioner is rude or argumentative, cut them off before they get too far. Say something like “I’m sorry. I don’t think that’s an appropriate thing to ask.” Then turn your head and point to another questioner immediately, asking the new questioner to pose a question.
c. If a questioner begins to ramble, or makes a statement, simply say, “Sir/Madam, we have limited time… could you please clarify your question?”
d. It’s good to have a few questions ready to ask, in case there is an embarrassing silence from the floor. If this happens, address your question to the panel as a whole, asking who would like to answer it.
8. At the end of the session round off by saying what an inspiring/entertaining/thought provoking/ enlightening session it was. Thank everybody on the panel by name and then lead the applause.
We look forward to attending your engaging session/s at Limmud Oz