Almost everything in a workspace begins with a presentation. You have an idea; you have to give a presentation. You did an analysis; you have to give a presentation. You made a performance review report; you will have to give a presentation. You just cannot run away from presentations in a professional career. Sooner or later, you will have to deliver one. So, it is always better to be prepared to give your best when the situation arises. Here are the tips to prepare you for your next presentation.
Preparation And Practice
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Yes, the two words you will find in every such list of tips. But there must be a reason why it’s there on every list, right? It is because these are the two most important aspects of any presentation. First of all, you need honest preparation. Plan a presentation that is brief and very well organized. Adhere to the basic structure of a presentation and make sure your message is being delivered. Once you have prepared a presentation that is both informative as well as engaging, start practicing. Rehearse, rehearse, and then rehearse some more. There is no alternative to this. Practicing the presentation again and again will make your presentation foolproof and make you more and more comfortable with the content of your presentation. With practice, you will also explore ways of making your presentation more compelling and engaging for the audience.
Technology And Audience
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Take care of the technology and audience, both individually and not. Make sure you are well versed with the technology you are about to use for your presentation and there is no chance of a mishap of any kind. Also, make sure you are fairly aware about the kind of audience you are going to face. Now, that you know both, use both to your own advantage. Make best use of the technology available and explore features that have not been used before. Also, do everything you can to connect with your audience. Use eye contact, conversations, questions, discussions, etc to engage the audience and make them a part of your presentation.
The Presentation Killers
Here are few things that can kill your presentation. Number one, a technical glitch! Thus, it is always advisable to enter with a backup plan. Number two, announcing that you are nervous or your presentation is not going as planned. Your audience doesn’t know that!! And there’s no need for you to set those negative expectations. Just keep giving your presentation and do your best. Number three, fidgeting and using pause words like ummm, uuuuuhh, like and so on. These are the most common presentation killers. You can avoid it by rigorous practice and thoroughly understanding your presentation.
Take care of these simple tips and you will definitely kill in your next presentation!