Tips for delivering outstanding presentation(s)
Plan a Presentation
The below article will assist you in planning and delivering an effective presentation to your audience. Following are some of the tips that will assist you in achieving your dream of giving your ‘dream’ presentation.
Spend considerable amount of time in deciding the software that you intend to use for your presentation. Microsoft Power point is probably the most widely used presentation software across various industries. If you consider this software suits your need and if you are well versed with the Power point software, then by all means use it.
Before you commence working on your presentation in Power point or any other software, it is very vital to go through some planning steps first.
Purpose and Audience:
Determine the purpose and know your audience for the presentation.
- Is the objective of your presentation is to apprise, convince, sell, teach or train?
- What level of understanding does your audience already have on the topic that you intend to present?
- What outcomes do you expect from your audience?
- Who are audience?
- What are the views of your audience on the topic that you are going to present?
- How many of your audience are in the position of ‘decision making’ on the topic (especially if your objective is to ‘sell’ something.)?
Your content along with your presentation skills will play the most important role in making your presentation successful.
- Keep your content straightforward and crisp.
- Use relevant graphics, visuals (photos, charts etc.) and videos whenever possible. Remember the phrase- ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’? It still holds good. However, take care that you don’t overdo it.
- Do your ‘home work’. Learn as much as you can about your presentation topic. Don’t limit your knowledge to only the points that you are going to talk about in the presentation. The audience might know more about your topic than you doJ.
Be consistent in fonts, background colours, colour combinations, transitions and animations. Ensure your presentation provides the desired ‘professional’ look.
Preparation and Practice:
‘One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is …..Preparation.”
- Establish a positive and confident frame of mind. Try to know everything you can about your topic and most importantly don’t be afraid of not knowing everything.
- Review your presentation for clarity, relevance, visual appeal, quality and significance.
- Do trial runs-Practice your presentation before your friends, colleagues and family. Ask them to provide honest feedback on your opening, sequence, clarity, voice modulation, mannerisms during your ‘mock’ presentations. Last but not the least…Act on the feedback provided by them and ultimately improve your presentation and delivery.