We’ve all had to deliver a presentation in one form or another, either at college or at work. They can be nerve-racking and stressful, but acing a presentation can make you feel on top of the world.
How do you make sure you nail your presentation?
First and foremost, make sure you prepare!
Preparation is the key to a successful presentation. Firstly, don’t see your presentation as a performance – but a communication tool. You need to know your stuff, but remain confident throughout. The more prepared you’ll be, the more confident you’ll likely be. It could be a good idea to create small cards to hold whilst you give you presentation, so you can quickly remind yourself of things you might have missed.
Make sure you include all the relevant information that’s expected in your presentation. On most occasions, the person requesting the presentation will give you some form of a brief that will help you understand what’s expected of you and your presentation.
Understand what type of presentation you need to deliver
There are three types of presentation styles; telling, selling and teaching. A ‘telling’ presentation is about informing your audience. A ‘selling’ presentation is about persuading people to accept ideas that they may not want to. A ‘teaching’ presentation is about helping others to learn and understand a topic.
Once you’ve decided what type of presentation you need to deliver, you can then decide the structure of your presentation. There are three key parts of any presentation: The introduction, main body and conclusion. Start by telling your audience what you’re going to present to them, before expanding on key themes throughout your main body. At the end of your presentation, make sure you conclude on all your key points. It’s important to point out to your audience where they can go to find out more information about the topic you’ve covered during your conclusion.
Use visuals in your presentation
Don’t fill your presentation with just words – make sure you use visuals! This could include diagrams, graphs or videos. Adding a visual aspect to your presentation is more likely to keep your audience engaged for longer.
Present yourself for success
Remember – it’s not just the content in your presentation that counts, it is also you as an individual that matters! Make sure you dress and present yourself in a way that’s appropriate for the type of presentation you’re giving. For example, if you’re giving a presentation at work, dressing smartly might be the best choice.
Your body language is also important. Don’t fidget or use ‘closed’ postures, such as standing with your arms folded. You need to appear open and welcoming in order to allow your audience to engage with you. Make eye contact, use the space you’ve been provided and, most importantly, don’t forget to smile!How do you prepare for a presentation? Let us know in the comment section below!