Presentations can be a great way to attract new business, simply by making yourself more well-known. But like Jerry Seinfeld once said, at a funeral, most people would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy, since public speaking stresses people out more than death. It is not an easy job to do presentations well. Follow these tips to do a great presentation during your public speaking engagement.
Effective Tips for Great Public Speaking and Presentation
1. Prepare yourself
Besides the normally mentioned prepare for your presentation materials, you should also get yourself prepared. In short, you need to warm-up your body to maintain energetic, warm-up your voice to keep the audience awake, practice the art of effective speaking with the use of body language and psychologically prepare to be confident and resourceful.
2. Strong Start
The first couple of minutes of your talk should be the most prepared and polished. By being well prepared, you can convey your messages with confidence. It is important to establish early on that you are prepared and are worth people’s attention.
Few people are such amazing speakers that an audience can’t get enough of them. So do not assume you are one of those few. Finish your speaking within the allotted time. If you spend too much time on the first half, you should be flexible enough to skip parts of the prepared content.
Allow yourself and your audience a little time to reflect and think. Talking too quickly is one of the common mistakes that happen when the presenter is nervous. Just talk in normal pace so that your audience could follow up. Pause for a while for them to think and they may have questions for you.
Imagine someone asked one of your audiences what your presentation is about, what would you like that person to say? He needs to briefly summarize your presentation. And it is your job to work out this summery and to build your presentation around it.
Have handouts ready and give them out at the appropriate time. Tell audience ahead of time that you will be giving out an outline of your presentation so that they will not waste time taking unnecessary notes during your presentation.
7. Don’t apologize
Don’t apologize for any nervousness or problem, just act as normal, for the audience probably never noticed it.
8. The End
Make sure your presentation goes to a natural ending. It is best if your audience could remember your presentation like a story with an intriguing beginning, a meaty middle and an actionable end.
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