TEN TOP TIPS FOR A CONFIDENT AND EFFECTIVE PRESENTATION
by Gerry Thompson
Preparation is the absolute #1 golden rule. So….
- Prepare your material
- Practice your material and be very familiar with it
- Prepare for your presentation setting
2 Access to your content
Make sure you can always remind yourself of what you want to say as you proceed, so use either:
- A full script
- A bullet point list
- Headings in a slide presentation
Be clear on what you want to achieve through the presentation; design everything round this
Have a beginning, middle and end, even when it’s a short presentation. If longer, outline briefly what you’re going to do at the beginning, and summarise key points at the end.
5 Audience connexion
Engage with your audience: use eye contact, engaging content and connecting style of speaking. To this end, speak towards the audience rather than down towards your notes
Remember to breathe! Use pauses in your speaking pattern to draw breath, and these will add audience grasp and impact to your delivery – and stop you speaking too quickly
7 Body language
Let your posture and movements be natural. To do this, avoid being overly rigid or frenetically active, unless appropriate for your subject.
8 Nerves or anxiety
Don’t hold a sheet of paper if you’re feeling shaky. Remember that you’ve prepared very adequately. Have a plan for dealing with anything you can think of that could go wrong.
If you can, include an element of relevant narrative or anecdote to your presentation
10: Be yourself
Draw on your own individuality and let this come through to an appropriate degree
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