Do you know that the public speaking is one of the top things we are afraid of? It might be connected to two reasons people are scare of, that are: Being Embarrassing In Front of a Huge Amount of People” and Failing.
A few years ago we had invited Peter Taylor, one of the best speaker, to give a presentation on presentations. The recording of his presentation can be found here and the tips have been summarized in the previous post.
This time I have asked Transition Manager Academy students to share some ideas on a presentation that makes a difference. The results of the brainstorming session below.
Plan and prepare
- Be prepared! You should know what the presentation is about and what you want to achieve
- Don’t try to plan everything – will not work. Be spontaneous.
- Check who your audience is and adjust style of presentation (pictures, tables with numbers)
- Rehearse to check the time usage
The presentation itself
- Short and Interactive
- Make introductions
- Share stories, jokes and anecdotes
- Avoid long text – clear slides – not too much text
- Use visuals – pictures instead of words
- Include some interesting news or information that will be new to the audience
- Less data, more conclusion (interpret data)
- Clear structure
- Make a 3 step structure or break the rule as Peter suggests.
- Summary and to do’s
- Clarity – make sure everybody understands the topic (in Polish we call it “piaskownica” = sandpit)
- Double check if all clear
- Not read the text from the presentation
- Use different communication channels
- Time keeping
- Involve and engage the audience
- Make audience feel comfortable at start – the feeling – they will stay
- Be self-confident
- Smile, use body language, eye contact with the audience
- Fun!!! People tend to be more engaged and remember if they smile
- Be authentic!