GET READY TO NAIL YOUR NEXT PRESENTATION
Regardless of if you are building your career or business, you will constantly find yourself in a situation where you will need to deliver a presentation. It is going to make your feet a little sweaty, you will likely feel uneasy and nervous but one thing is the most important thing to consider — You have a business or career-related idea to pitch and you are going nowhere till you have that settled. More often than not, you don’t feel that way because you have no idea of what to say, rather it is because you are a little too anxious. I trust you also want it to be interesting, effective and if it’s for professional reasons, then you certainly will need to ultimately meet its purpose.
So when next you have a hint that you are going to be delivering a presentation. This is just what you should be bothered about doing;
Practice makes you perfect is not a myth
You need to practise often to get used to it.
Mark Twain confesses “I could never make an impromptu speech without several hours to practice it.” Constantly prepare yourself for the opportunity that lies ahead.
Make your slides ‘catchy’ but precise
Slides should have short titles. Use uniform capitalization rules. All the text on one slide should have the same structure. Your slides need to be well tailored in order to avoid boring your audience. You will need to make at least ten slides that will last for 20 minutes with fonts that are no larger than 30 points.
You need a bit of relaxation
Don’t go out there, charging like it’s World War 3. Take some time to relax before the presentation to avoid being tensed. Taking in deep breathes are also super helpful. Remind yourself constantly that you are going to be the best version of yourself. Be confident.
Don’t lose sight of your audience
As you prepare the presentation, you always need to bear in mind what the audience needs and wants to know, not what you can tell them. Ensure to remain focused on how your audience responds and react to that. Make the great effort of letting your passion for the subject shine through. Stories help us to pay attention, and also to remember things. If you can use stories in your presentation, your audience is more likely to be engaged and to remember your points afterwards. Encourage feedback to create room for interaction with. your listeners.
Put your voice and body into it
The tone of voice your body language is crucial to getting your message across. Make sure that you are giving the right messages: body language and gestures helps to keep your audience attention. Endeavour to emphasize changes in pitch and tone to help you make your voice more interesting and hold your audience’s attention. If you need to break nervousness, then smile and make eye contact, it is a great way to build rapport and create a connection between you, your audience and the subject matter.