How many times have you prepared yourself thinking of delivering an awesome presentation only to find yourself ending up with a very mediocre one? Just the desire to become a star presenter is no good; you got to take care of certain things to make sure that you do not miss out on anything that is going to stand between you and your audience. This guide is written for a beginner like you to understand the most fundamental things to be taken care while delivering a presentation
SIX THINGS ONE SHOULD TAKE CARE OF BEFORE STARTING A GOOD PRESENTATION
1. SMILE BEFORE YOU SPEAK
Do you know that the first few seconds will have a significant effect on the eventual outcome? It’s a psychological fact that the speaker who makes an initial impression will make a lasting impression too. You must gain the audience’s acceptance with a pleasant Smile.
“You’re never fully dressed without a smile”- Martin Charnin
So what do professional presenters do? They pause and cast an eye over the audience with a gentle smile
Though not always, but necessarily a presentation is about selling something. So, remember the cliché that
“People buy People first” . It is the duty of presenters, to sell themselves First
“If the audience accept you, they will accept what you say”
Smiling starts to develop the relationship with the audience, relaxes them.
Posture is very important and it will let the audience know how confident you are. Audience would always love to listen to a confident person than a intelligent yet uncertain speaker. Who would want to sit and hear a person who himself is not confident with the subject? Actually, presenter might be really confident with the subject but the way he carries himself through his posture will send signals to the audience about his confidence. For an example, the following posture cue’s is a strict NO-NO that will send out not so optimistic waves to the audience
• Shoulder pointed to the audience will make the presenter look introverted
• A Squeezed in posture with shoulders coming out will evoke a feeling that the presenter feels tensed
• Standing on one leg with hands in the pocket does not look professional.
• Swaying back & forth with eyes upward or sideward makes the presenter look tensed
3. GESTURES (HAND MOVEMENTS)
There is a quote saying “Movement is the song of the body”. The flow of your message should be in sync with the movement of the hand or the gestures. Have you noticed that when the mind becomes blank or when you tend to forget, suddenly the hand movement stops? It is true vice versa also. When you curtail the movement of your hands and forcibly restrict it, the mind also gets restricted and the way information is supposed to be presented will not flow as intended. Remember – Hand movements must be natural as if you are speaking in one to one conversation
Remember the following
• Aim your voice at the last row
• Have enthusiasm & energy in your voice
• Modulate the voice – to make it sound natural
• Take care of pronunciation & diction
• Stress & stretch important word – this adds charm to your presentation
• Give effective pause
• Avoid mannerisms like um..ah..etc.
5. EYE CONTACT
“Eye Contact is the link between the Presenter and the Audience”
It is essential to develop very good eye contact with every member in the audience. Eye contact is crucial to help make it easy for your audience to listen to you. Who would want to look at someone who looks over the shoulder or head or at the ground?
Usually, it happens that a presenter will pick up a favourite audience and keeps talking to him/her alone. Never do this. You need to look at everyone and if large audience is there, it is wise to scan in turn. One common mistake that people do is that they look at the screen and start reading them. Remember, you are giving presentation to the audience and not to the screen. You can occasionally look at the screen but do not lose control of the audience.
The concept of visualization is simple and straightforward. You just imagine yourself performing a task successfully.
Apply visualization techniques to your presentation. Imagine yourself giving your talk. You’re smooth, very smooth. Your voice fills the room with wisdom. People in the audience hang on your every word. Your gestures and body language are flawless.
You build to a big finish and get the desired action from the audience.
Also read the article : 5P’s for a Presentation
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