Presentations can be nerve-wracking for some people. Not everyone is comfortable standing in front of a crowd, big or small, either. We’ve seen some amazing and not so great presentations, so we wanted to share some tips on how you can present the best possible presentation that will interest and engage your audience.
You know that practice makes perfect. The more you practice your presentation, the better you’ll be at presenting it to your audience. This not only will make you more comfortable, but your audience will likely enjoy what you have to say a little more if you’re able to plan ahead and prepare. It could also help to have notecards in front of you with the points you want to touch on during the presentation. That way, you won’t forget and you’re not reading off your slides.
Don’t Read Your Slides
This brings us to our next point – don’t read off of your slides. We are sure you’ve sat through a presentation where the presenter read off of his or her slides. So. Boring. Thus, the more you know your topic and are comfortable speaking about it, the better off you’ll be. You won’t have to rely on your slides to get you through your material.
Use Less Bullet Points
One tip we like to give presenters is to use fewer bullet points. The less bullet points you use, the better. If you are able to speak about your topic without having to look at your slides, you’ll be more successful in giving a great presentation.
Visuals are meant to capture someone’s eye. We recommend using more visuals in your slides instead of bullet points. This could mean animation videos, regular videos, infographics or images. People love to look at content over reading content most of the time.
Know Your Topic
Like we have stated previously, it’s important to really know the topic you are presenting about. If you don’t know your topic, it will be obvious, therefore resulting in a less engaged audience. Your goal as a presenter should be to engage and keep your audience’s attention, and knowing your topic is a good way to make that happen. If you are enthusiastic and interested in your topic yourself, that is another way to guarantee a great presentation.
When giving a presentation, showing emotion is another good tactic. You want your audience to feel something when they are listening to you, so be sure to show them your excitement, your sadness or your seriousness. Don’t be afraid to crack a few jokes either. If you’ve ever sat through a presentation where you laughed or felt something, you probably remember it, right? You also probably remember the topic and what the presenter spoke about.
Focus on Your Audience
Remember that you aren’t there to present to talk about you. It’s not about you. It’s about your audience and making sure that you are engaging them and educating them on your topic.