Making a presentation is simply expressing your thoughts or ideas in front of an audience. But, sometimes it doesn’t feel that simple, does it?
Whether you’re a student, board member, or key employee of an MNC; you will probably be asked to give a presentation at some point in your career.
Some people are comfortable with their skills in presenting and can deliver with ease, but there are many who find it difficult to sustain a good performance.
Presenting isn’t easy, but these tips will help you connect with your audience when you are presenting.
Here are some tips to practice for your next presentation:
Confident body language
Stand tall with your head high, pull your shoulders back, and put your feet shoulder-length apart.
Keep your arms relaxed and free to gesture naturally as you speak.
Lively eyes that gaze around the room will make the audience feel connected to you.
Smile when it is appropriate for your content.
The more the audience feels you are engaged with them, the more they will be invested in what you say.
Surely, you have an idea of what you would like to say in your presentation.
But, what is just as important is how you say it.
Consider what the goal of your presentation is: to inform, to evoke emotion, or to persuade.
Shape your phrasing, and choose the appropriate words, to accomplish this goal.
Engaging the audience is key.
According to a study by Microsoft, the average attention span for a human being was eight seconds in 2016.
In 2000, it was twelve seconds.
Now, even more, a presenter must be captivating to keep the attention of its audience.
So, when you are ready to give a presentation, consider the infographic created by Walkerstone called Do’s and Don’ts of presenting.
About the Author:
Sarah Brown is good at marketing and communications and likes to think that most people leave inspired if they hear her speak.
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