Presentation Skills – 5 Tips on How to Nail Presentations Everytime
We’ve all been there. It’s presentation time and your mind goes blank. Or you are stressing about the reaction you will get. Will you win that new business? Will you convince the audience of your opinion? The outcome may not be a sure bet, but your successful delivery will be if you follow these tips:
- Know your topic, know your key points, know your beginning, middle and end. Know how you are going to finish and practice so you are confident. If that moment strikes when you go completely blank before beginning your presentation, practice will ensure your opening comes flooding back once you are in the spotlight.
- Speak with passion. You have to believe in what you’re saying. You have to love your topic. If you don’t, it will show, and if you don’t have the passion for this presentation then why will your audience? Concentrate on the reason you are presenting – is it to win new business? Is it to convince a crowd of an opinion? Remember why you are there and what you stand for and this will ignite the passion inside you.
- Put yourself in your audiences shoes: Think from their point of view. If you are pitching, put yourself in the position of a potential client and evaluate your product or service, then present accordingly. If you are convincing a crowd, think about what might motivate them to follow your lead.
- Ask yourself “what are 3 things I want my audience to remember?”– Giving too much content can kill the message. Edit your content and make sure you explain the important topics only – Structure your top 3 takeaways in a way that your audience will remember.
- Call for action– Think about what you want your audience to do after you have finished. As a presenter you always have to make sure that your presentation will bring some results. Delivery is key but make sure your presentation leads up to that call for action.
If all else fails picture the audience naked! Just kidding Breathe, be yourself and have fun with it.
Do you have any other top tips for presenting?