School Business Affairs June 2019 SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS | JUNE 2019 17 When your presentation is over, take the time to speak to a few audience members. Did they get the message? If not, try to find out where your delivery went wrong so you can improve the next time. Let your personality show. We all have a personality. Let it show! Smile! Audiences will be more likely to stay engaged if you engage them. The selected use of humor, a story, or audience partici- pation can interject a personal touch into a talk. If time permits, a well-placed question every so often in your presentation can keep your audience involved. Say yes! Speak whenever and wherever an opportunity presents itself. A good place to start is at a local or state confer- ence on something you know and are passionate about. Craig Schilling , a former school business official in Illinois, is a professor at Concordia University in Chicago. Email: craig. I f possible, pick a subject you know and are pas- sionate about. We all do better under pressure when we know the material. Research the subject. Find out everything you can about it. The more you know, the easier it will be not only to prepare your presentation but also to field questions. Go “old school.” Use index cards to get started. On each card, write down as few words as pos- sible to make your point. Practice, practice, practice. At minimum, prac- tice once a day for a week—the goal is to feel comfortable in front of your audience. If you have given the presentation several times, think about refreshing your delivery so it will not seem stale to you or the audience. —Craig Schilling QUICK TIPS FOR BECOMING A BETTER PUBLIC SPEAKER | 877.204.1392 We Provide ENROLLMENT SOLUTIONS Increasing Enrollment Declining Enrollment Class Size Reduction Special Program Placement School Consolidation Better Insight into your Community Feeder School Changes Open Enrollment/ School Choice Fiscal and Staffing Planning New Housing Development Attendance Boundary Changes School Overcrowding Grade Configuration Changes WHAT ENROLLMENT CHALLENGES DOES YOUR DISTRICT FACE?