How To Ace Your Next Presentation
Whether you’re pitching for new clients or presenting your latest work to other departments, presentations can be nerve-wracking experiences.
With a lot riding on them, getting presentations just right is often at the back of your mind when you’re preparing.
With these useful top ten tips, you can ace your next presentation with ease.
1. Check your brief
Misreading or misinterpreting a brief is a simple mistake to make, so make sure you fully understand what’s expected.
Not only will it help you feel in control but it ensures that you avoid any embarrassment or unexpected questions on the day.
2. Don’t underestimate the importance of research
Conducting plenty of research not only means you can go the extra mile with your presentation, it can help you feel more prepared too. Set aside plenty of time before you get started on your presentation to get stuck into research.
3. Think about your structure
The flow of your presentation is important for keeping your audience interested throughout. Consider how best to structure your delivery to ensure that it seamlessly goes from one topic to the next rather than jumping around.
4. Add some style
You don’t have to go crazy making your presentation look pretty but adding some style can give your audience something to focus on. Include visuals such as graphics, graphs, and more so that your presentation isn’t one dimensional.
5. Prepare for a Q&A session
The dreaded Q&A session following a presentation can be a stumbling block for even the best. Anticipate the questions you’ll be asked and have answers prepared – but expect some curveballs too!
6. Practice Practice Practice
We all know the phrase, but practise really does make perfect! There’s no substitute for rehearsing your completed presentation; whether with colleagues, friends, or simply in front of a mirror, practice as much as you can.
7. Inject some personality
Presentations can be dull.
Adding a touch of personality can help yours stand out from the crowd and keep your listeners interested. Use some anecdotes, be interactive, and, most importantly, be yourself!
8. Get into a calm space
Before your presentation, leave some time to get into a calm space and quickly go over all your key points. If you’re feeling anxious, try taking some deep breaths, releasing tension in your muscles, and focus on how well prepared you are for this.
9. Find a focal point
If you’re never sure where to look during a presentation and the thought of making eye contact fills you with dread, picking a focal point can help. Choose a point that’s towards the back of the room and at around eye level.
10. Remember that nerves aren’t always a bad thing
If you hate public speaking, presentations will inevitably make you nervous. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, nerves can give you a boost of adrenaline that can help you deliver a better performance. Of course, you need to keep your nerves in check but you can use them to your advantage.
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