Making presentations - 6 tips on how to make an impact
Many of us
at one time or another are called upon to make a formal presentation to
a group of people. Sometimes it can be an intimidating experience, particularly
if you are not used to it. Here's a few quick tips to make it enjoyable
for you - and your audience. And if your audience enjoys it, your presentation
will be a success.
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your subject. If you don't, you will be hesitant, boring and unconvincing.
A knowledgeable speaker is more likely to be enthusiastic about their
subject. And have at least three times as much material as you are likely
to use on the assumption that something will go wrong, or someone will
ask the wrong question.
your audience. Try to find out how much or how little they know
about your subject, so that your material is neither over their heads
or beneath them. Are they there out of duty or interest? Are they friendly
or hostile? What are they expecting from your presentation?
your presentation aids. If you are using any sort of visual aids
(and you should), practice with them before hand. Fumbling with a projector
or failing to find a marker pen which works will distract from your
subject and suggest that you are incompetent. And don't overdo
PowerPoint presentations! Keep your slides to a minimum!
your place. Make sure that you have enough time before your presentation
to make yourself familiar with the room and its layout.
the nature of the content. Try to incorporate most of the following
to get your message across:
and hard facts
yourself enough time. You should know how long your presentation
will take, and don't go much over or under the allotted time. Allow
10 per cent of the time for the introduction, 70 per cent for the main
body and 20 per cent for the summary.
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