How to deliver a great presentation
If there’s one thing that can cause the average person anxiety, it’s delivering a presentation in front of colleagues, peers or customers.
Most people would rather have a mouthful of cavities filled by a bad dentist than make a presentation, but if you do need to make one, knowing the best way to do it is vital to your success.
The simple fact is when giving a presentation, even if it’s only in front of a handful of people in a small room, is an art that takes practice to perfect. Below we’ve collected a plethora of tips for you that will help you to do that. We also suggest that you practice these tips on your own, or in front of people whom you trust implicitly, before doing it “for real”.
First and foremost
It’s absolutely imperative that you know the material that you’re presenting and know it well.
The better you know the information that you’re going to present, the finer and more naturally it will flow and the more comfortable you’re going to feel when you’re up there in front of your audience. If you know the information and material well you can also deviate from your presentation if necessary, and answer any surprise questions that might be thrown at you.
This isn’t to say that you should memorise the information, in fact just the opposite.
A presentation given from memorised material will sound robotic, tends to be boring and, if there’s a need to change things up (for whatever reason) it’s going to be much more difficult.
It’s also important that you know the equipment you’re using is working correctly and that you have the tools for spare parts you need should something should suddenly stop functioning. Check the lighting in the room, make sure that your projector and microphone are working correctly and, if possible, have a backup of your presentation on a hard drive or separate computer.
Unless you’re extremely comfortable with the information that you’re giving, and the audience that you’re giving it to, don’t move around the room but instead stay in one place.
While the information you’re presenting is important, the actual focus that people give will be directly on you. If you move around it can be distracting and cause you to ‘lose’ your audience. This also means that you should give your presentation from the front of the room, not the back using a remote or a laser pointer.
We already mentioned practicing but it deserves repeating. If you put in the time to make an excellent presentation, it only makes sense to practice presenting it a number of times before you do it the first time.
Practice makes perfect
If you want to deliver a perfect presentation, practicing it ahead of time either by yourself or in front of a friendly audience is a great idea.
Finally, and most importantly; relax. If you’ve done your homework and put together an excellent, interesting and engaging presentation, you’ll be able to handle any small problems that might arise with confidence and whislt maintaining our composure. Hey, you might even get a laugh and create an affinity between yourself and your audience, which is never a bad thing.
Hopefully you now realise how important it is to deliver a great presentation. We are able to offer advise on how to make sure your SEO is working for you through our advisors. If you have any questions, please get in touch or leave a comment and we’ll be sure to get back to you with advice and information.