Presentation skills- 9 great tips

Pre­sen­ta­tion Skills- 9 Great Tips

Have you ever thought-‘I feel ner­vous and I'm not feel­ing con­fi­dent about my pre­sen­ta­tion skills, and I hope peo­ple under­stand what I'm going to say to them?”   It doesn't even have to be pre­sent­ing to a whole room full of peo­ple, it may also be when you need to present an idea or request to your boss, or need to feel con­fi­dent in an office meet­ing.

Either way I have put togeth­er 9 great tips to help you with your pre­sen­ta­tion skills includ­ing some pro­nun­ci­a­tion tips as well.

Pre­sen­ta­tion Skills- 9 Great Tips

 Pre­sen­ta­tion skills no.1 – Beware of being drawn to the earnest one in the ‘audi­ence.'

There is usu­al­ly one or even a cou­ple more peo­ple in your audi­ence who are ‘easy' to present to. They're the peo­ple who look at you all the time and nod in agree­ment or smile a lot. As a pre­sen­ter we can eas­i­ly just ‘speak' to them and look at them a lot. If you main­ly keep look­ing and speak­ing to them, then it stops you from con­nect­ing with oth­ers and stops you from draw­ing oth­ers along with you on your ideas as you present them.  So make sure you aren't just con­tin­u­al­ly being drawn back to look at and speak to only one or two very pos­i­tive audi­ence mem­bers.

Pre­sen­ta­tion skills no. 2 – Eye Con­tact

Make sure you reg­u­lar­ly make eye con­tact with each per­son you are pre­sent­ing to at some time dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion. Of course if you are pre­sent­ing to a huge audi­to­ri­um of peo­ple, you can't do this with every­one, but you can look in the dif­fer­ent direc­tions peo­ple are sit­ting.

Pre­sen­ta­tion skills no. 3 – Nev­er read word for word

Know your stuff. Nev­er just click from pow­er point slide to pow­er point slide and only just read what's there. Know your stuff and add com­ments or extra infor­ma­tion while the slide is up there, and def­i­nite­ly face the audi­ence most of the time.

Pre­sen­ta­tion skills no.4 – Max­i­mum only 4 or 5 bul­let points on each slide

If you have too many points up on the slide, the audi­ence will be too busy try­ing to read it all and won't lis­ten to your ‘wis­dom' and extra infor­ma­tion.

Pre­sen­ta­tion skills no. 5 – Don't over­do the gim­micks on screen

Don't over­do the pow­er point gim­micks on your slides such as too many words or pic­tures flash­ing across the screen, or things pop­ping up all over the place. A lit­tle bit keeps it inter­est­ing, but too much dis­tracts your audi­ence from your main mes­sage.

Pre­sen­ta­tion skills no. 6 – Don't be wood­en

Don't stand in one place for the whole pre­sen­ta­tion not mov­ing at all. Move around a bit on the stage to keep the ener­gy up and peo­ple inter­est­ed, or move your hands and arms a lit­tle for the same pur­pose.

Pre­sen­ta­tion skills no. 7 – Stay slow

When we're ner­vous we tend to speak more quick­ly, so breath and remem­ber it's OK to speak more slow­ly to be clear. Also check out the inter­est­ing way you can use the ‘super­man pose' before you start your pre­sen­ta­tion to help you calm and feel con­fi­dent.

Pre­sen­ta­tion skills no. 8 – Stress main mean­ing words

Don't just say each word with the same stress. You need to stress or empha­sise the words that you want the audi­ence to pay atten­tion to. The words that are impor­tant to get your point across. For exam­ple have a look at this sen­tence in which I have put the words that need to be stressed or empha­sised in bold type:

For years we've approached the tech­ni­cal prob­lems in this sec­tor with a wait and see atti­tude, but because it doesn't work any­more in this glob­al era, we need to be more strate­gic.

Pre­sen­ta­tion skills no. 9 – Mic -up

If you are pre­sent­ing to more than 10-20 peo­ple you need to use a micro­phone to pro­tect your voice, and so your audi­ence can hear you with­out strain­ing so they keep engaged in what you are say­ing.

Of course if you are hav­ing trou­ble speak­ing clear­ly or being under­stood in Eng­lish, it is nat­u­ral­ly dif­fi­cult to feel con­fi­dent when pre­sent­ing.  So my 10th point is to also get some help to speak clear­ly in Eng­lish so that every­one who hears you speak can ben­e­fit from your expe­ri­ence and knowl­edge which is exact­ly why we devel­oped our speak more clear­ly accent reduc­tion cours­es.

Enjoy pre­sent­ing. Best wish­es, Esther

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