doesn’t come naturally to most of us. The reality is that it can reveal an
awkward side of us, resembling Mr Bean. Cue tumbleweed blowing past. Even being
asked to say a few words at a friend’s wedding may be our idea of hell… seeing
us turn into a 2002 Marshal Mathers, ‘knees weak, arms heavy’.
not, we’re here to help with some savvy advice. Read our ten top tips below and
soon your presentation delivery will be flawless.
Grab everyone’s attention
you’re robbing a bank, you aren’t going to take the time to introduce yourself,
you need to grab the attention of the teller and get out of there. A
presentation is no different, get in, and with a piranha-like bite, you attack,
ensuring your audience hones in. Often you are going to be using a digital
presentation that will include your topic title, and they will already know
your name. ‘Different’, in this circumstance, is detrimental.
Make your delivery easy to
It may seem
like a given, but the major failings of most speeches are that the audience
simply cannot understand it. The best speeches in the history of time were
delivered succinctly and weren’t overflowing with jargon. The biggest mistake
one can make is to overcomplicate the language used — it doesn’t simply confuse
the listener, but it will more than likely cause you to trip up as well.
Try to resist thinking… why
As much as
we might not like to accept it, no one in life owes us anything — it is up to
us to earn their attention. We cannot expect to warrant someone’s appreciation
straight off the bat, simply because of who we are. They are going to give up
their precious time to listen to us, but why should they? Tell them of your
experience in the area, and reason why you are the one standing up to make the
presentation as opposed to them.
Pay full attention to your
If you are
expecting your audience to pay attention to you, you need to pay attention to
them. That said, learn your presentation, or at the very least, the basic
structure beforehand. Yes, off-the-cuff might work for one in a thousand, but
no one wants to listen to someone stumble their way through their presentation with
Mr Blobby-like co-ordination. Rehearsing a handful of times in front of family,
friends, or even the mirror, will give you the confidence to act upon their
reactions, as opposed to aimlessly talking to a screen.
Timing is a key factor in
the success of your delivery
No one is
here to suggest that a slide of a PowerPoint should take an hour, but if you
try and rush through the first slide, by the second you will have lost all your
audience in transit. Take a step back when you are initially planning your
presentation: work out exactly how many ideas you wish to propose and assign an
appropriate amount of time to each. Similarly, breathing can be incredibly
under-rated — don’t starve yourself of oxygen.
Connect with people using emotion
wants to walk out after a presentation and think, ‘well there goes half an hour
of my life I’m never going to get back’. Therefore, add at least the tiniest
portion of emotion. You don’t have to put in a performance deserving of an
Oscar but showing your audience you are interested in what you’re speaking
about is essential —if you don’t care, how can you expect them to? Obviously,
we won’t always be tasked with speaking about a topic we would die for, but by
racking your brain and coming up with why it’s important to you, you’ve
certainly made a start.
Know your audience before
you take to the stage
Not many of
us would have the same conversation with our mother and grandmother as we would
do in the pub on a Saturday afternoon after football. The reason we don’t is
because we can successfully take heed of our audience — and a presentation is
no different. Jokes are often inappropriate in a presentation, but if you’re
going to use them, at least make sure they are going to be understood.
Imagery can be risky, be cautious
pictures and diagrams throughout your presentation can be a fantastic method of
grabbing attention, as an overload of text can often prove to be challenging to
divulge, particularly if it’s a large group. However, if you are going to go
down the road of using images, make sure that they can be easily seen and
interpreted. The sheer quality of a picture can act as a make or break for the
entire success of your presentation.
Be confident with your
something that many people will struggle to do — it requires a lot of
creativity. Rather than telling jokes, this can be the perfect way to get your
audience laughing, and for that, they will remember you. Your story can be
whatever you want because it’s your story. Make the detail as extravagant as
you like, just be confident that the content of the story relates to the
purpose of your presentation.
The ending needs to be clean
audience will hear at the end is the first thing they are going to remember
afterwards. It is no surprise that the cliché of ‘going out with a bang’ has
stuck around for so long — because if we don’t, we’ll be forgotten in a flash.
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