Presentations are hardly anyone’s idea of fun. For many of us, it can be very easy to over complicate the situation, get increasingly stressed and start the sort of procrastination session, that although impressive, won’t be getting you any closer to the pitch perfect presentation you really want. Luckily here are are 6 points to set you on track and get you well on your way to presenting like a pro!
1. Don’t forget the basics
Make time well before the big day to get yourself organised. The best way to do this is to draw up a structured plan, aways bearing in mind who, what, why, where, how.
2. The 3 Things test
Ask yourself, if the audience could only remember three things about your presentation, what would you want them to be?
3. Practice makes perfect
If a friend or colleague isn’t free, Toastmasters is an online resource where you can get practice speaking in front of people. It also helps to memorise the first 2-3 minutes of your presentation, you won’t have to refer to your notes until you are part-way through your presentation.
“a PowerPoint presentation should have 10 slides, last no more than 20 minutes, and contain no font smaller than 30 points” – Guy Kawasaki
5. Voice projection
Nothing is worse than a presenter you cannot hear. So breath in, slow down and project your words confidently. Replace filers like ‘um’ and ‘ah’ by taking a short breath in. Pauses help add emphasis, maintain audience’s attention and will buy you time.
6. Responding to your Audience
Use statements like “that’s a good question” or “I’m glad you asked me that” to buy yourself a few moments to organise your thoughts.
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