Tips for great presentations


Most of us are not new to the most boring to the most entertaining , educational and motivational presentations we attend.  What we need to learn is not just what is told in the presentation but we should also watch how presenter /speaker is performing his act. That includes Body language of the presenter , the way the topic is covered, what tools and software is used, how they modulate their voices/moods and gestures  and how much they are interacting with the audience.  There are many online resources to tell us how a great presentation should be. Here are some sample of what is good practices of presentations. Search for some outstanding live presentations after you read this blog

1. Your Face.

While presenting you should attempt to connect to the audience in the room by briefly having a eye contact with each of them.  Audience should feel that you are presenting to them. You should also have smile on your face while presenting. Your facial expression are very important. If you look at the roof, or away from audience , that shows your lack of interest or purpose of your presentation and they will loose interest in what you are saying  and they stop listening to you.

2. Your body

Standing like a statue and reciting your presentation will not entice the audience towards your speech. Having appropriate body gestures adds some excitement to your presentation and keeps audience engaged. Moving around the space you have on the podium should be considered along with your body gestures in order to show your enthusiasm for the subject you are speaking.

3.Your Voice

Your voice is most important part of presentation.How you say what you say is most important for any good presentation. Adjust your volume and tone according the size of the room and the number of audience you have. Silence and space between words allows for emphasis and lets your audience catch up with your ideas. Variation in the volume, tone along with body gestures can bring life to your presentations. Avoid words like “Nothing but””, Like ,  ümmm”, Ähhhaa” Érrrr” etc.

4.Your presentation.

Your presentation should be a mixture of your talk, slides, audio and video and what and how you present on the stage. Engaging Audience for long time needs an outstanding mixture of all the above.  Audience will not have eternal focus on what you are saying until unless what you say matters so much for them. You are presenting for the audience’s benefit not to fulfill your desire to be in the limelight.

5.Practice a lot.

Practice helps you to avoid mistakes and  fine tune your language and other skills of presentations. Malcom Gladwell in his book Outliers says that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert. Practice is the mantra for an outstanding presentations.

6.Develop great opening.

The first 15 seconds are enough for audience to make a impression on you. You should use your opening statements wisely to catch the attention of the audience and  to listen to rest of the presentation. Start your speech by talking about something interesting: Give a staggering statistic, ask a question, make a declaration, or use a quote to draw people in.

7.Organize your presentation.

Your presentation should be a smooth flow of speech  as if you are saying a great story to your audience. Your presentation should have an obvious opening, a body, and a conclusion. Your presentation should also have a mixture of pictures, video and limited text. It is you, who is presenting not the power point. Power point slides allow you to stick to a certain flow and end your presentation on time.

8.Connect with your audience

You need to establish a connection with audience. Use a personal story that reveals something about you or your experience to create a connection. If you are a professional then  highlight your background and expertise to make audience feel comfortable that you are going to add value to their time by listening to you.

9.Check the facility.

Make sure before hand that all the hardware, software, mike setting, Lighting and good ventilation is there in the hall. You should avoid adjusting all the above when audience have already arrived. It is better you check the facility and practice on stage to get rid of stage fear before the audience take their seat.

10.Ask for honest feedback.

No one can claim to be the best presenter and there is always plenty of room to improve your skills. So make sure to ask for honest feedback from your trusted friends in the audience and work in fixing the issues.

11. Change the content for next presentation : If you have to present again the same subject matter make sure it is still relevant otherwise update your presentation topics to match what is latest and the greatest .

Hope you will follow the above guidelines and next time if  i happen to hear you present , i expect you remember the above and show that.  Good luck with your presentation skills. As always I’m there to help you to improve.

“I laugh, I love, I hope, I try, I hurt, I need, I fear, I cry. And I know you do the same things too


“I laugh, I love, I hope, I try, I hurt, I need, I fear, I cry. And I know you do the same things too, So we’re really not that different, me and you.”- Colin raye

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” – Buddha

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” -Charles Swindoll

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” -Ben Franklin

“Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it all has finally come together. What you have always wished for has finally come to be. You will look back and laugh at what has passed and you will ask yourself… ‘How did I get through all of that?” – Anonymous

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.” – Buddha

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” — Benjamin Franklin

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Who gossips with you will gossip of you” – Irish saying

“Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.” – Bo Bennett

“How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never’.” – Martin Luther king

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”- Anonymous

“You are the embodiment of the information you choose to accept and act upon. To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking and subsequent actions.” -Adlin Sinclair

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – WInston churchill

“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” – Aristotle

“The only way to do great work is to love the work you do.” -Steve Jobs

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise” – Oscar Wilde

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” – Charles M.Schultz

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” -Albert Einstein

“You want to be extra rigorous about making the best possible thing you can. Find everything that’s wrong with it and fix it.” — Elon Musk

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” — Peter F. Drucker

“If you tell me, it’s an essay. If you show me, it’s a story.” —Barbara Greene

“I think failure is nothing more than life’s way of nudging you that you are off course. My attitude to failure is not attached to outcome, but in not trying at all.” — Sara Blakely

“Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.” -SEAL Team Saying

“The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake — you can’t learn anything from being perfect.” — Adam Osborne

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

“When you smiled you had my undivided attention. When you laughed you had my urge to laugh with you. When you cried you had my urge to hold you. When you said you loved me, you had my heart forever.” – Anonymous

“You are not your resume, you are your work.” — Seth Godin

“I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.” — Donald Trump

‘”Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” — Steve Jobs

“Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” — Tony Hsieh

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” -Leonardo daVinci

You don’t have to like it but just have to do it.

“However many holy words you read,However many you speak,What good will they do you If you do not act on upon them?”- Buddha

“Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.” – Anonymous

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” —John Quincy Adams

“If I never met you, I wouldn’t like you. If I didn’t like you, I wouldn’t love you. If I didn’t love you, I wouldn’t miss you. But I did, I do, and I will.”- Anonymous

“May the love hidden deep inside your heart find the love waiting in your dreams. May the laughter that you find in your tomorrow wipe away the pain you find in your yesterdays.”

 

Have a great day friend…