Doing the “right things” is a big question when giving a presentation:-); however, there are some things you can do to help ensure that you present with confidence. It’s all about confidence that translates into giving a successful presentation. Please see a few key pointers below that are key.
1. OPENING: Have a great opening. Saying thank you, blah, blah, blah will put everyone to sleep. You have to WOW them in the first 15 seconds. Use a story, personal story, quote, statistics, or an Aesop’s Fable. It must relate to the group for them to get buy in to what you are saying. In other words, they are thinking “What’s in it for me?
2. TELL A STORY: Ensure that each slide you use, you can tell a story. To ensure you can do this, look at your slides out of order. Talk about that slide. If you can do this, you will never be sidetracked, particularly if you don’t like to be interrupted. If you are caught like deer in headlights when caught off guard by an unexpected question, or the Q&A goes in a different direction, then this is a great tactic for you!
3. HAVE ENERGY: For those extroverted folks, this might not be an issue, in fact, you might have learned to tone it done a bit. For the more introverted folks or those who get nervous easily when presenting, use your body to maintain control. You can move the energy of the room by looking in different directions. If you can move around the room that is even better. Avoid facing in one direction. Scan the room, Large audiences, fan from side to side with your body or your eyes. Use hand gestures from one side of the room to the other. This keeps everyone to feel involved.
4. HOMEWORK: To keep the audience thinking about what you presented, give some type of homework. For example, it might be as simple as asking them to consider “something” when they get back to their office or home. Or take a look at how they might contribute to making the office procedures more effective and forward that information to HR.
There are many elements when presenting to consider. These tips should help impact your presentation! To learn more about CHUVA group’s presentation skills programs click here. Or call our offices at 670 720 3725; firstname.lastname@example.org.