Presentation skills and public speaking skills go hand in hand and are both extremely useful in many aspects of life and career. Both skills are especially important for business people, salespersons, marketers, trainers, teachers and for anyone else whose work involves delivering effective presentations.
Below are some tips that will help you to take your presentation from good to great.
1. Connect with Your Audience
It is hard to deliver a quality presentation when you feel nervous and anxious. The best way to do it is by connecting with your audience and let your passion for the subject matter shine through. Be honest with your audience about the subject and why it is important.
2. Focus on Your Primary Message and Keep It Simple
While planning your presentation, you should be very clear about the key message you want to deliver and what are the takeaways. You must be able to communicate your primary message in an easy to understand manner.
3. Make Eye Contact with Your Audience
Although it sounds easy, many presenters fail to do it while delivering their presentations. If you make eye contact with your audience, you are building rapport with your audience. It also helps the audience to connect with you and your subject better. By connecting with individuals in the audience, it’ll help calm your nerves by distracting you from the big intimidating group.
4. Start Your Presentation Strongly
It is crucial to start your presentation on a positive note, it will help you to grab your audience’s attention and hold it for long. Your audience will give you a couple of minutes grace to entertain them and if you are dull in that period, they will likely switch off. So, don’t waste anyone’s time with excessive introductions of yourself or your organisation. Start with something entertaining or thought-provoking and then go straight into the presentation.
5. Use Your Voice Effectively
The spoken word is a poor means of communication as it uses only one of your audience’s five senses. However, you can make it better by using your voice effectively. Use varying speeds when speaking and make good use of your pitch and tone for emphasis. Employ body language to more effectively convey your message and secure your audience’s attention.