March 8 2011

Five Tips To Knock Your Next Presentation Out Of The Park

Posted on the 06:07 pm under Business by Darren Boyer

Great leaders communicate effectively and clearly. Does that mean that you’re not a great leader if your presentation is less than desirable? No, you just need to freshen up on the basics for ensuring that you end up with an A-1 presentation.

Let’s face it. If you are a business professional, then you are going to need to get up and speak in front of audiences — whether it be a board meeting, several hundred people, or even a group of employees. It’s going to be vital that your presentation flow well and that you are effective in getting your point across. Can you do it, even if you have glossophobia or fear of speaking? Sure you can. Let’s just go ahead and arm you with some tips for making a dazzling presentation.

1)  Know your audience

Prior to doing your real speaking presentation, spend some time in getting to know a bit about your audience. Are they a younger audience and possibly open to more creativity, or are they more senior in their ways and thoughts, which could mean they might be a little more set in their ways and possibly not as open to new ideas?

2)  Know your content

It never fails. During your presentation, someone will invariably raise their hand and ask a question. You don’t have to reveal proprietary information; that’s not what we mean. However, you should prepare ahead of time for questions that members of your audience might ask.  In addition, while using research finds and statistics, don’t get carried away – you’ll only take a chance of turning your audience’s attention away from the point you’re trying to get across.

3)  Be Yourself

You need to be comfortable with your speaking style and not pretend to be someone else. You are you; be yourself. Don’t try to copy someone else’s style because it doesn’t always make a good fit and could turn your audience off.

4)  Get engaged with your audience

Have you ever been in an audience and the speaker would ask questions to the audience and have people take part by having them answer a question? It kept you interested, didn’t it. Having them answer your questions with a show of hands to the question, “By a show of hands, how many of you have had this happen,” keeps the audience from getting bored. It’s a wonderful technique that I have often used myself.

5)  Learn from your own presentation

A useful technique to use is to have someone give feedback after the presentation. Were you clear? Did you keep their interest? Did you have too many words that exhibited that you were less than sure of yourself like ‘uh’, ‘and’, ‘um’, ‘right?’ Then take that feedback and use it to your advantage for the next presentation you do. If I could give one piece of advice, I would say practice, practice, practice. This will give you confidence and help you become more polished so you can make a dazzling presentation.

Your Grande Prairie tech support team wants YOU to look your best when giving that all-important next speaking presentation. If you have some of your own techniques that you use and could add to this, we’d love to hear from you. Also if you have your own burning topics that you would like us to do, let us know that too.


Written by Darren Boyer

Darren Boyer

Darren Boyer is the founder and president of pcit.

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