Having an effective presentation that keeps the attention of your audience can mean the difference between getting your point across and making a sale or leaving people confused and bored while you are speaking. Giving a great presentation is a valuable life skill, however it isn’t something that every person has in their arsenal of abilities. If you are looking to spice up your presentations and make them more potent and memorable here are 9 tips for running an effective presentation.
It may go without saying, but preparing for your presentation is of the utmost importance. You may be familiar with the saying that goes, “those who fail to prepare are only preparing to fail.” This is very true when it comes to giving presentations. Whether it is in the classroom or the boardroom, your audience will know whether or not you have adequately prepared for your presentation. Furthermore, those who are prepared will give a more complete demonstration, instead of those who just try and wing it.
Create A Story
People loving hearing a story and oftentimes it is this type of presentation that will keep people more interested in what it is you are saying. While speeches and lectures can get boring, stories make people follow along and require them to remember key details throughout the presentation. A story will also make you come off as more relatable and easier to understand to your audience. To have a great presentation, have a memorable story that your audience won’t forget anytime soon.
Memorize Key Points
Whatever type of presentation you are giving, don’t try and memorize the entire thing. If you forget a certain line or word, you’ll have a hard time moving past it if you try and go off memorizing the entire thing. Instead, memorize the key points and know what you want to generally address as you come across them. This will also help as you are telling a story, as it’ll remind you of key points to mention, but not necessarily specific words to talk about.
In the 21st century, technology is key. Make sure that you include technology in your presentation, as you can do much more with it than you could ever do on your own. Technology can make dreary and boring presentations, into memorable ones that people will talk about for long after its finished. However….
Don’t Rely On Technology
Just because you are using technology, don’t rely on it. There are plenty of times and situations where technology will not be working or something will happen that will disrupt your speech. If you put all of your eggs in one basket and the technology fails, you will be in a lot of trouble. Prepare accordingly and have a backup plan in case the technology doesn’t work.
Keep It Simple, Stupid
When you are using technology, be sure that you keep things simple so that every single person in the room can understand. The minute you make things complicated, people will get lost and it will be hard to bring them back into your presentation. Familiarize yourself with the Rule of 10 in presentations, which will limit your key words to 10 words or less. This will help people know what you’re talking about, without getting caught up in trying to read everything you write. Instead, inform of what you’re talking about, and then deliver a great vocal presentation.
Make It Beautiful
If you use technology, and you should, be sure that you make it beautiful. This means great looking colors that flow well together and even pictures that make the mind concentrate and focus on the screen. The more beautiful you make your presentation, the harder people will be for people to lose focus.
Know The Setup Of Your Presentation Space
Whether you are using technology or not, be sure that you know what the space of your presentation is like. Are you giving it in a classroom, boardroom, lecture hall or maybe even a huge convention hall? No matter the situation, familiar with your surroundings before you give the presentation, as it’ll help ease any tension you get once you first show up.
Be Familiar With Your Audience
And lastly, before you even begin preparing your presentation, know who it is you are talking to. Knowing your audience and what they want to hear will allow you to form a presentation around their interests and likes. This will make it easier for you to create a presentation that they surely won’t lose interest in.
If you feel as if your presentation skills are lacking, there is still plenty that you can do to fix that. Practice makes perfect and so does having insight to give a killer presentation. Keep in mind the tips here for effective presentations and you will be able to give better presentations that will wow your audience.
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