The Perfect Tonic for Hitch Free Presentations
The first time I gave a presentation, I was a total and utter klutz. I still remember, while going through the presentation, I was thinking of all the things I could have changed. Worst of all my insecurity about my presentation came through to the audience. This meant they did not believe a word I said. Over the years I have given enough presentations – both academic and non-academic – that I have a learnt a few tricks of the trade. These help me today deliver almost perfect presentations.
So without further ado here is my recipe for an almost perfect, hitch free presentation.
You need to really have very sharp and concise writing skills to be able to deliver a strong presentation. Why? Well that’s because you need to write a concept, on a slide without it looking like a thesis. This will enable your audience to understand it quickly, at the same time relating to what you’re talking about. You should not turn your presentation into a thesis.
Of course most important of all you cannot write on a slide everything you say during your presentation. The audience has to listen to you. The presentation is a secondary support for what you say. Hence it has to be written in such a fashion that it supports such a structure.
Remember who you are writing for
Is it a mix of students and teachers? Is it your Ph.D. defence in front of committee? Or are you in front of your board members?
Whatever the case you have to tailor your presentation based on the knowledge level of your audience. Sometimes you can take a call to zoom in or out of a topic, based on your audiences response as you present.
You need to have a GPS tracker with coordinates
Some time back I was attending a presentation for a sales team. The sales head, started with the line of products, then walked into the product marketing tactics, walked back into the sales figures, and frankly after that I have no clue where he went. His mistake was that he had no direction with his presentation i.e. he was able to tell a good story. You have to narrate a story, take people logically from one point to the other. Without this you will lose your audience’s interest.
The eyes see more than the ears can hear
In a presentation there are many sounds around your audience, however their eyes are either pointed at you or your slide. This is where you can make the maximum impact.
Instead of lot of text use visual aids like pictures or graphs to deliver your point. Writing requires your audience to read, separate from what they are hearing and process the words. This requires more concentration than visually assimilating the information. You can even use infographics instead of the old school graphs and charts to help get your message across.
Keep it short
I’m sure you will have read enough about the decreasing attention span of people now-a-days. There are just too many things that people need to assimilate in one day, too many sources of news, inspiration, ideas and advice. Keeping your presentation short will help you to get your message across faster!
Finally, once you’re up there presenting don’t think about you could have done. Focus on your audience, gauge their reaction, and change your pace accordingly.
About the author: Mark Anderson has a passion for writing and has contributed this post. He is also an essay writer who suggests way of improving grammatical skills through his posts.