8 Easy Ways to Better Your Presentation

8 Easy Ways to Better Your Presentation

Getting up and speaking in front of a group of people can be terrifying. With some simple tips and self-confidence you can do it with style and leave people remembering who you are.

Try these 8 easy ways to better your presentation:

Plan

Seasoned veteran or not, you need to plan. Planning helps gather thoughts and put them in a logical order. Whether it’s a sales pitch or motivating a group of people, they are looking for an expert. Be careful though not to overload them with all your knowledge. Keep the presentation between 3-4 key points and let them ask questions for more.

Practice Makes Perfect

There is truth to ‘Practice makes perfect.’ Michael Jordan didn’t win six championships by just walking on to the court. The more practice, the more confident you will be when presenting. Record yourself and play it back. Look for the good, bad, and ugly and make changes where needed.

Be Efficient

Remember that one teacher that seemed like they would never stop talking? Don’t be that teacher. When presenting make sure to be clear, concise, and efficient. A couple of rules that are worth following when putting together a presentation:

  1. Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 Rule: ten slides, don’t talk for more than twenty minutes, and no font smaller than thirty points.
  2. 20/20 rule: 20 slides each lasting 20 seconds.

Either rule is a step in the right direction in being efficient and respectful of the audience’s time.

15 Word Takeaway

Summarize the whole presentation in 15 words, if you can’t then it’s time to go back and rework. Those 15 words are the key takeaway from the presentation. If you’re unable to do it, how do you expect the audience?

Don’t Read, Present

Don’t walk onto the stage to just read slides. The slide deck is there to support the information you are presenting. Reading off the screen shows that you aren’t prepared and will diminish any trust the audience has in your expertise.

No ‘um,’ ‘ah,’ or ‘you know?’s

Filler words can kill a presentation and distract from the message. Instead of saying them, take a deep breath and pause. It might seem awkward but the audience won’t notice, and it gives time to gather your thoughts.

Eye Catching Presentation

Using images helps give life to a presentation. Using visuals is one of the best ways to engage and gain the attention of the audience. At PresenterMedia our goal is to help with just that, we offer a wide variety of ready to go templates along with customizable images and videos. Mix in different mediums to make your presentation diverse and eye catching.

Have Fun

The most important step of all is to have fun. Have fun and your audience will follow.

What other tips do you have? Let us know in the comments.

 

Art Holden has been involved in presentation and animation graphic content since 1990. He had the pleasure of creating one of the very first animation websites on the internet, Animation Factory. For 13 years he managed and created media for Animation Factory. He is now a part-owner and an employee working full time at PresenterMedia. His hobbies outside of work revolve around being involved in the bicycling community in Sioux Falls, SD. He never misses an opportunity to get on his bike and enjoy a ride.


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