Want to impress your boss or your teacher with your amazing presentation? When you take the stage to speak, you’re in the position of a leader. Here are the tips that you can follow to give a good presentation.
- Focus on your audience
When preparing the content of your presentation, focus on your audience’s needs and what they are going to get out of the presentation.
- Focus on your core message
Core message is what you want your audience to take away at the end of your presentation. The effective transfer of your core message determines the effectiveness of your presentation. Many experts recommend 30-second ‘elevator summary’ to keep your core message brief and to remind your audience the core message.
- Don’t include excess information in your slides
The sides should only contain one line bullet points and you must avoid including paragraphs in your slides. The bullet points should be short and precise and you as a presenter must elaborate.
- Look professional
If you look professional while giving your presentation, your audience will take you more seriously. Avoid wearing trousers, jeans, graphic t-shirts and sportswear while presenting. You should wear formal attire or at least semi-formal attire depending on where you are presenting. This includes shirt, pant, belt, leather shoes or heels, tie and a formal coat.
- Engage with audience
Engaging with your audience is the most important thing in presentations. You should make eye contact with your audience members to keep them engaged. You can ask questions or converse with your audience to interact with them.
- Be careful of your voice and your words
While giving a presentation, you need to be loud enough to reach all the members in the audience. You must also speak clearly so that everyone in the audience can understand what you are saying. Refrain from using technical terms and jargons if your audience is not familiar with those terms. Avoid using filler words such as um, hmm, like, etc which makes you look unprepared and confused about your presentation.
- Use your body language effectively
Non- verbal cues sent through your body language is one of the most important things in presentations. If you fidget on stage or keep your hand crossed or stand stiff during the entire presentation or pace around the stage, it shows your nervousness to the audience. The body language to avoid includes crossed arms, hands held behind your back or in your pockets, and pacing the stage unnecessarily.
- Prepare thoroughly
You need to be prepared before going on the stage. Practice giving your presentation in front of the mirror or in front of your friends to see if there are any shortcomings in your presentation content or your way of presentation and improve them accordingly. You can also record your presentation so that you can see how you look while presenting and change your body posture accordingly.