Things to Consider While Making a Presentation
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In general, most people are petrified when it comes to making presentations in front of an audience. They become tongue-tied and panicky and at times, go completely blank. But, there are ways to ensure that these things never happen to you. Follow these simple steps on how to prepare for a presentation.
Prepare and Practice
- Keep your audience in mind: Customise your presentation by matching the content to suit the needs of your audience. Try not to sound like a know-it-all. Keep in mind how you speak and what you speak depends on your audience. For instance, you cannot joke about the poor salary structure to senior management members. Likewise, you cannot talk about the financial strategies of your company to newly recruited employees.
- Use visuals: People see and remember. However, don’t clutter. Avoid having only slides with text that your audience will have to read. Use graphs, diagrams, videos and pictures to illustrate your point.
- Keep it simple: Don’t try to overload your presentation with a lot of information. Stick to the important facts and figures. Otherwise you may end up losing your audience’s attention.
- Practice for perfect: Always do a practice run. Rehearse in front of a mirror or a trusted friend who will give you honest feedback. This will help you to not only time your presentation, but also give you an idea about your body language and delivery.
Deliver with Confidence
- Ensure you speak in a logical sequence: There has to be a clear structure in the presentation – an introduction, body of content and conclusion to any presentation. Start with a welcoming introduction, move on to focussing on the main idea and supporting points. End with a summary to refresh what you presented.
- Engage your audience: Establish a good rapport with your audience and keep your presentations interesting by engaging them in various activities. Interact with them by telling anecdotes and cracking jokes.
- Speak with conviction: You need to first believe in what you speak, before you can convince anybody of the same. Establish your credibility by being sure of your facts and do your research carefully. Also, do not read from your slides or prepared notes.
- Maintain eye contact and smile: Don’t let your nervousness get the better of you. Walk around the room, modulate your voice so that each member of your audience can hear you. Look at the people you are talking to and smile. Be pleasant. Resist from staring at the floor or the walls around the room.
Keep these points in mind, and remember to prepare and practice so that you can deliver with confidence. Here after, be a Rockstar at all your presentations!