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I need an idea for a presentation at my first interview within L&D. The topics are management development, leadership or a change topic. Can anyone out there help?
Paul Brookes

2 Responses

  1. It’s not the subject that matters…

    The possible topics are endless and in an interview like this the topic is not so important as long as you meet their criteria. The most important thing is for you to show off your excellent presentation skills (or, at least, your potential).

    I recommend two key things:

    1) Make sure you feel comfortable with the subject matter. So go for something that you have done in the past or seen someone else do, and improve on it where necessary. Try for something that is of interest to the group and that they might learn from. You have not mentioned the amount of time you have to do the presentation – but what ever it is, don’t feel you have to cover the whole topic – it’s much better to focus on a small part of it. e.g. Your topic could be ‘different types of management development interventions’ and you just focus on one of them – coaching, mentoring, giving and receiving feedback, certificate programmes …

    2) Make sure you give yourself the opportunity to show off your presentation skills. Produce your own check list as if you were the interviewer – and make sure you have the opportunity to show all the critical points in your presentation. E.g, introduction (with an impact), good closing, small variety of visual aids (flip chart, slides, pre-prepared aids), asking audience questions, answering questions, energy, interest, eye contact, etc.

    And finally, remember KISS – ‘keep it simple stupid’. Don’t go overboard – remember, it’s potential they are looking for so do what you do well, rather than trying to do everything.

    Good luck!

  2. INTRO

    Don’t forget INTRO :-

    Presenters very often forget that half of the job is achieved using this method. If the audience understand where they are going and the destination, then they will be with you all the way. Good Luck!


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