Presentations can be a daunting task. Stepping up to speak to an audience and getting your point across them in an efficient manner which is also explanatory but not boring can be quite a tricky. Below are mentioned 9 important tips which can assure the quality of a presentation
1. Practice makes perfect
Practice it in your car, in front of a mirror, in your room, in front your friends and family, anywhere you can. Practicing your presentation repeatedly makes it come to you naturally on the actual day, which will make for a smoother presentation than reading word of a page.
2. Nail the first 2 minutes
The first two minutes of your presentation is the golden window. This is the time when you need to grasp the attention of your audience, because this is the moment they will decide whether or not you are worth listening to. Make sure your opening content is engaging and radiates confidence that what you have to say is worth hearing.
3. Avoid ice cold water
A simple but efficient tip is to avoid ice cold water as it restricts your vocal chords and hampers your voice, which is your key instrument in a presentation.
4. Don’t panic, acknowledge and incorporate mistakes
If you mess something up, be human about it, don’t be a computer displaying an error message while frozen. Own up to your mistakes and act human, laugh it off, self-effacing humor is very popular with crowds.
5. Make it a conversation
Don’t see your presentation as something that you will give and your audience will quietly receive, think of it as a conversation, judge your audiences reactions, maybe even let them talk, and make your next move accordingly, as you would in a conversation.
6. Appreciate silences
Do not try to fill every moment with words. Appreciate the silences and the pauses, which make the audience, crave for something to fill the empty space you leave. It keeps them attentive and makes them wonder what could be the next valuable information.
7. Speak in visuals
Use vivid and detailed descriptions to capture the imagination of your audience. Don’t just make them understand your words; make them capture your vision. The purpose of your presentation is to make them see what you see and think how you think.
8. Use stories
Use stories to prove a point or to bring attention to your presentation because even if someone doesn’t remember your presentation they are most definitely going to remember a well told story.
9. Be human
Be human, be humorous, be imperfect, dress according to the requirement, the audience would much rather take their valuable information from a person who is just like them than a robot.
A presentation can be a daunting task especially when there are a lot of scenarios depending on its outcome, but the key is to practice, be confident and just be you.