“Rarely do things go according to plan”. Nowhere is this saying more relevant than in the world of presentations and public speaking. A presentation is prepared in advance with the best knowledge and understanding that you, as the speaker, have at the point you sit down and write your speech. In the time leading up to your speech or presentation an event, such as a senior management decision, or a off handed comment by a colleague can change the dynamic or intent of what you want to share with your audience.
This is where your skills as a presenter will enable you to shine.
An accomplished speaker will handle the changes to the presentation comfortably. At sort notice, or even “on the fly” they can adjust their speech to reflect the altered dynamic and skip over any PowerPoint slides that are not relevant to the “new speech”.
To do this they must have mastered several areas:
1) Their Content
2) Their Delivery
When you have mastered the detail of what you want to say, and how you intend to say it the ability to change the speech on short notice becomes much easier because you have the understanding of what is important and what is no longer required. This gives you the confidence to make the changes required. Ultimately this comes down to your preparation. The better you prepare the easier it will be for you to adapt to changing situations.