Presenting in front of large crowds or at meetings can be intimidating, even terrifying for some. Over the years, I’ve given presentations to a wide range of people in a variety of settings, including CEOs, coworkers, and subordinates, as well as auditoriums with over 3.5k participants and and whole companies. It can be nerve racking! What helped me nail my presentations are 6 easy steps that I absolutely swear by:
1) Know and Believe in Your Content
If you believe in what you are presenting, it will naturally show. Being able to stand in front of thousands of people and speak to them and deliver your content with total belief comes from knowing your content inside out. You must – and I stress this – must know your content backwards and believe in your convictions.
When you make a key statement strongly, those watching and listening to you will hear your conviction. This isn’t to say go out there and turn into a drill sergeant, it’s means that you believe in your content and it would be beneficial for them to listen.
2) Reinforce Your Key Points
I remember watching Sheryl Sandberg’s TedTalk here on why we have too few women leaders before reading her book and was amazed at how she constantly reinforced her key topics. After each key point she constantly referenced the overall topic of ‘leaning in’.
By the end of the presentation, she had shared 3-4 valuable lessons about how women needed to lean in more. After each key point, she always made a reference back to the key point. Now I always sit at the table and lean in.
3) Dress Your Best
For me when I’m dressed nicely, it gives me confidence and generally just makes me feel good. I don’t dress for anyone else except myself, I choose clothes that are comfortable and suit me rather than opting for the latest fashion trends. For that added boost of confidence, dress your best and add a bit of lippy.
All speakers are looking for practicality when it comes to their presentations. A wireless controller, compatible with Windows and macOS, allows the person to move freely and navigate the slides at a distance of up to 20 meters from the screen, while pointing to relevant areas with its red laser pointer. They can be customized through the app, which allows you to control battery life, set a timer on the screen and keep the computer active while giving the presentation.
5) Make it short
The human brain can only keep attention on a limited number of topics, do not expose yourself to lose the attention of your audience by developing an infinite number of ideas. Between one and three is ideal. Don’t present, tell a story: when Steve Jobs introduced his revolutionary Macintosh to the world, the story was not about a computer, it was about breaking the status quo.
After each key sentence pause, take a breath so your audience can digest what you have just said. This took at lot of practice, I tend to talk fast to just get thru the content so it can be over, but if you do that you don’t give your audience time to fully understand what you are saying. It may feel like an eternity for you, yes taking a breath with only be about three seconds of silence and your audience won’t even notice.
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7) Keep it Simple
No one and I mean no one wants to sit thru a death-by-PowerPoint presentation. If you choose to use PowerPoint or KeyNote keep the content on the slides to a bare minimum when it comes to text and use powerful images that conveys your message. I’ve often sat thru hours long presentations that are rammed full of text and lots of numbers (a nightmare for a visual person like me) and just want to escape the room.
By keeping your slides at a minimum it helps to keep your audience focused on you and what you are saying. If you follow point one, you will only need your slides as visual promoters on what to say next.
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8) Practice. Practice. Practice.
It’s absolutely true, practice madelivery.
What are some strategies you havekes perfect. Ask colleagues who aren’t in your department to listen to your pitch and give feedback. Ask friends, family, your husband or wife. Anyone! The more you practice your presentation the more comfortable you will be with the used to nail a presentation? I’m always looking for ways to give better presentations.
What makes a good presentation for students
If you’re one of those students who has to give a presentation in class, you may be stumped as to where to begin because of nervousness. Alternatively, if you are a teacher, you may be aware of the importance of this issue (congrats! ), but you may lack the means to effectively communicate it to your pupils. Unfortunately, I believe that communication skills are not adequately addressed in teacher education.
1. Take advantage of opportunities
The first concept I want to impart to you is that giving a public presentation is not a punishment (although it may seem so). Just thinking back to my school days reminds me that practically every work given to me by my teacher felt like a punishment. Perhaps you do as well, but my experience has taught me that this is rarely the case.
And, when it comes to giving a presentation, I promise you that it should be viewed as a great gift rather than an anguish. It turns out that, like most things in life, the best way to learn public speaking is to speak in front of an audience. You need to practice in order to detect your failures and remedy them. You need to practice to overcome your fears and dare to go on stage.
2. Take it easy on yourself
When student presenters are nervous, their speech tends to speed up. This can be a problem because your speed might be distracting, difficult to understand, and cause you to run behind schedule. Practice, but also rehearse your college presentation. Rehearse the full presentation, including standing up, gesturing, and going over the slides.
One suggestion (which also serves as a resource when studying) is to repeat it out loud and in a few minutes. For this purpose, it is convenient to make a list of the main concepts, the key ideas and the narrative thread of the presentation.
3. Make use of silence
Silence is generally disliked by individuals. It irritates me. It’s unsettling, which is why it’s called “awkward silence.” Silence, on the other hand, might be your ally during a presentation. All eyes will be on you when you take the stage.
So, what are your options? Nothing at all. Take a moment to appreciate the silence. Take a deep breath in and out.
Do not budge. It can be awkward, even strange, but go ahead and do it.
As you speak, notice how the audience leans in, eager to hear what you have to say. Also, during your presentation, make use of the power of quiet. To generate suspense, use silence. To stress something. Also, stay away from fillers such, alright, OK, well, let’s say, etc.
4. Make a good impression
A person’s ability to qualify and form an opinion on someone they encounter for the first time takes only a few seconds. In addition to what we say, our appearance, body language, and etiquette all play a role in generating a positive first impression. Arriving on time and correctly presenting yourself are two of the best ways to make a good impression, aside from showing respect for others.
While it’s necessary to project confidence and authority, it’s also crucial to be yourself, as this helps you create trust and earn the respect and integrity of those you meet. Body language can also be instrumental in creating a good impression. Stand up straight, smile, make eye contact and greet people with a firm handshake.