Presentations are a love it or hate it ordeal. Some people love doing them and think they are incredibly fun. Others find it downright nerve wracking as anxiety takes over.
Whenever you find yourself in a position to give a speech or present your material in front of an audience, calm yourself down and take a deep breath the fear of public speaking is normal almost everybody has it.
Take a look at these pointers to get you prepared and ready for to deliver a great presentation:
1 – Tell a Story
Everybody loves to hear a good story especially ones that have elements in them that people can relate to and connect on an emotional level.
A well told story has a point or a moral or possibly a unique point of view that people can understand and relate to is something which you can incorporate into your presentation provided you emphasize the point and leave out the unnecessary details.
2 – Understand versus Memorize
When you try to memorize something, all you do is try to focus on the words in exact order – no more, no less.
The downside to simply memorizing something is it sometimes hinders the ability to understand the message within the sentence that you are trying to get across to your audience. You ideally want to be familiar with the material that you will be presenting before you deliver it.
Straight memorization verbatim adds unnecessary stress on you and could possibly take away some of the value of the presentation.
3 – Projection of Body Language
You can tell a lot from looking at someone's posture, facial expressions, hand gestures, as well as eye contact. It physically manifests how you feel about something.
It can also influence how people perceive you as they continue to observe. To develop your confidence strike a “high-power” pose. Stand while putting your hands on your hips or lean back in a chair with your hands clasped behind your head.
Try doing it for at least 2 minutes before you enter a situation that you might find uncomfortable.
4 – Showcase Supportive Visuals
As you go about your presentation, showing your audience helpful visuals that support the message you are trying to get across and/or the point you are trying to make.
Avoid using bullet points and charts cluttered with too much information because it draws the audiences' attention from what you are saying to what you are showing them.
Engage with your audience, the longer your audience stays with your presentation with the help of your engaging visuals, the more they can comprehend the content being presented to them.
5 – Practice, Practice, Practice
We've all heard it before, practice makes perfect… or at least it gets you close to perfect. Practice delivering your material in the same or similar room that you will be presenting in to get used to your surroundings and atmosphere.
Practicing with the equipment or technology that you will be using on the day of the presentation helps you avoid running into technical difficulties because you are unfamiliar with the software, computer or projector.