No matter what business you’re in or what company you work for there will be a point in your career (if not multiple points) where you’ll need to do a presentation for work. Now I’m sure many of you have sat through presentations which have sent you right to sleep because the presenter is either reading off a piece of paper, or is repeating the same two bullet points over and over again. Obviously this is not what you should aim to do when you’re making preparations to do your own presentation. You want to make sure that you’re holding the attention of your audience while providing them with interesting information at the same time. To help you prepare for your next presentation at work here are a few tips on how to give a great presentation.
- Prepare, Prepare, Prepare – This may be an obvious thing that you need to do but believe it or not many people try to just coast through this step. When going into a room full of important investors or high level executives you want to feel confident that you know your presentation backwards and forwards. So make sure you go over your material or PowerPoint slideshow multiple times so that you can provide the best delivery of your presentation possible.
- Just Be Yourself – As I mentioned earlier, there are very few things worse than listening to a presentation by someone that is just reading their bullet points off of a sheet of paper. This is basically a surefire way to make your audience quickly turn into a room full of blank stares and comatose zombies. When giving your presentation you want to give it in a natural tone of voice while still giving the impression of being professional. Don’t attempt to speak too formally but rather speak as if you were just having a conversation with a colleague one-on-one.
- Timing Is Everything – When you’re coming to the end of your presentation you want to make sure that you end things on a high note. Don’t get stuck repeating all the points that you mentioned earlier and have the whole thing drag out longer then it’s supposed to. If possible try to make sure that you finish before your time is up (even it only by a couple of minutes) because this will give your audience the impression of being well prepared and competence.
For more information and ideas on how to deliver a great presentation be sure to read “Talking Points: Three Keys to a Great Presentation” by Under30CEO.com.