· Have a very clear introduction

·  Don't put all the details in the talk. Present only the important ones.

·  Use only one idea per slide.

· Have a good conclusion slide: put there the main ideas, the ones you really want people to remember. Use only one "conclusions" slide.

· The conclusion slide should be the last one. Do not put other slides after conclusions, as this will weaken their impact.

· Use a good presentation-building tool, like MS PowerPoint.

· Humor is very useful; prepare a couple of puns and jokes beforehand, however, if you're not good with jokes, better avoid them altogether. Improvising humor is very dangerous.

· The more you rehearse the talk, the better it will be. A rehearsal is most useful when carried out loud. 5 rehearsals is a minimum for an important talk.

· The more people criticize your talk (during practice), the better it will be; pay attention to criticism

· Not everything has to be written down; speech can and should complement the information on the slides.

· Be enthusiastic.

· Do not go overtime under any circumstance.

· Listen to the questions very carefully; many speakers answer different questions than the ones asked.

· Slides should have short titles. A long title shows something is wrong.

· Don't use small fonts.

· Do not put useless graphics on each slide: logos, grids

·  Last but not the least spell-check. A spelling mistake is an attention magnet.

By Zafrullah Khan, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources, Glenmark Generics Ltd, Mumbai( CAC Batch 1986-1990)