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Key skills: making a difference
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4.4.1 Organise and clearly present relevant information

You need to know how to present information in ways that best suit your purpose, subject and audience, that is how to structure coherently what you say so that a sequence of ideas may be followed easily; how to use a range of techniques to help present information and support your argument (such as diagrams and models), and when to use technical vocabulary and conventions. Check that your work meets relevant guidelines and conventions. You may have guidelines about this at work and different subjects have conventions that must be followed.

Time out

If you are giving a presentation, rehearse it and check in advance that you know how to use visual aids. Rehearse in front of a mirror or in front of a friend to make sure your main points are clear and that you can cover them in the time available. If you are involved in meetings/discussions, decide the points you want to make and prepare thoroughly. If you are negotiating particular issues, have the facts and evidence clearly recorded so you can refer to them during the discussions and keep returning to the strong points of the case.