If you have an impending presentation to give, you want it to be not only good, but impressive. You want people to get the message loud and clear, and see you as a leader in your field. You’ve spent many hours drafting, editing and rereading the content of your presentation and if you are using visuals, you’ve laid it out nicely in PowerPoint or Prezi, and found some cool images to give impact to the words.
All ready to go?
4 Tips to Deliver a Successful Presentation
If you really want to have an impressive, successful presentation and feel more comfortable in front of your audience, you have more work to do, alas. Yet, how many people give this any thought or preparation? Have you thought about how to deliver your message or how to make an impact with your body language, voice and appearance? Have you rehearsed and refined the delivery?
Whether you are delivering to your team or at a conference or board meeting, the preparation needs the same elements to help you shine. It’s crucial that you:
1. Know the content
Be able to confidently be ‘off book’ and deliver without reading, so you can connect with your audience. Let the slides take care of themselves, and be ready to answer questions.
2. Look and feel stable
Be in control of your body. Give yourself credibility in the eyes of the people who are watching you.
3. Sound like an expert
Give your information in digestible chunks and with a tone and pace which make your audience ‘all ears’.
4. Feel self-assured
Knowing how to have an impact with stillness, and know that every move and gesture is meaningful, giving weight to your important takeaway messages.
Remember, this is live! There is no take 2 or 3! No edit or remix in the studio. Just like our corporate actors when we get in front of clients, this is your opening night. This is the time when you get to put aside the script and rely on your preparation to help you perform your material with the best possible personal impact.
Once you are prepared, and the nerves have turned into enthusiasm, you can relax and enjoy yourself and the audience will be able to do the same.
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Work with a coach, trainer or even a trusted work colleague or mentor, someone who will give you honest feedback about your personal impact. Make sure you rehearse your presentation at least 3 times, so you give your best performance, and work out any unexpected kinks before you get into performance mode.
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