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Test - Competency for effective communication

Self-evaluation of presentational skills

This little test will help you to find out where you currently stand; it should also help you in identifying what you need to focus on to perfect this important part of the competence to effective communication.

Please read each of the following statements carefully, and select the valuation that fits you best. Be as frank to yourself as you can so that you can really learn from the results.

1. On closing, I always reiterate what was said right at the beginning.
2. I speak loud and clear, and with deliberation.
3. I know the purpose of rhetorical questions, and I use them.
4. I always try and find out what sort of people are going to listen to my presentation. I am clear as to who they are.
5. I know how to use body language to make my presentation lively. I suppress any signs of uncertainty and/or doubt.
6. I am aware both of what I say and how I say it.
7. I make use of visuals when and where they it is justified; I try not to flood my audience with them. I realize full well that I am the messenger.
8. I can make any stage fright work for my own benefit; I manage to get a kick out o fit.
9. As a rule, before I start preparing my presentation I clearly spell out its purpose. It means that I first answer the question Why, and only then deal with What.
10. At the beginning of all my presentations I give an outline while at the end I provide a summary of the main points.
11. Rapport with people listening to my presentation is essential; smooth delivery is not enough.
12. I know that a good opening is very important for breaking the ice, and I have ways of achieving it.
13. I approach my presentation with deliberation, jotting down the main ideas and/or important points first, and then working them out.
14. I have at my disposal the means necessary to focus the listeners‘ attention on my message.
15. I prepare my presentation in advance so that I practically know it by heart.
16. I am aware of visual tools and how to apply them. I make sure I use them in my presentations.
17. I am aware of the importance of eye-contact, and exercise it freely.
18. I always arrive in time so as to make sure well beforehand that everything works.
19. I present opinions and ideas to my audience with conviction so that they see I own them.
20. Invariably I check on the premises of my presentation; if necessary, I make changes so as to suit myself.