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Presentations are easy for some, and difficult for others. Not everyone can stand and naturally speak to inspire others. There are a few tips you can use to help you improve your presentation and assure it’s the best it can be.

  • Know Your Audience—Audiences are different, just like target markets are, and you should match your contents to their needs.
  • Know your material thoroughly, and make sure it flows in a logical sequence.
  • Make your speech will be captivating to your audience. They need to feel listening to you was worth their time and attention.
  • Practice and rehearse your speech to feel comfortable when giving it. You can practice at home n front of a mirror, your family, friends or colleagues. Record yourself, if possible, and listen to yourself.
  • Emphasize your strong points during your presentation.
  • How your audience perceives you is very important. Dress appropriately for the occasion. Come across as pleasant, enthusiastic, confident, proud, but not arrogant. You should appear relaxed, even though you’re nervous.
  • Speak slowly, enunciate clearly, and show appropriate emotion and feeling relating to your topic. Ensure your voice is loud enough to project to the back of the room. Vary the tone of your voice and dramatize if necessary.
  • Body language is important. The way you are standing, walking or moving about will be noticed. Make sure you use appropriate hand gesture or facial expression
  • Audio-visual aids or props will enhancement your presentation if you use them appropriately. Make sure you don’t torture your audience by putting a long document in tiny print on an overhead and then make them listen to you reading it out to them.
  • Speak with conviction as if you really believe in what you are saying. Persuade your audience effectively.
  • Maintain eye contact with your audience. Have direct eye contact with a number of people in the audience, and every now and then glance at the whole audience while speaking. Eye contact can be used to make everyone sure they all feel involved.
  • Listen to the questions they ask, and respond properly.
  • Expect the unexpected. What you say may not be getting across to your audience. If not, be ready to change your strategy. if you are well prepared to do so.
  • Know what you can take out if you are short on time, and have something to add if you have extra time.
  • Sometimes nerves can make you talk too fast. Be careful not to race through your presentation.
  • Add humor when appropriate and keep your audience interested.
  • Check out the location ahead of time to see what is available such as : seating arrangements for audience, whiteboard, blackboard, lighting, location of projection screen, sound system, etc. Make sure they meet your needs.
  • Know when to STOP talking. Time yourself when you practice. To end your presentation, summarize your main points in the same way as you normally do in the conclusion of a written paper. Thank your audience and sit down.

I know this seems like a lot, but you can master the process in no time if you have the desire. Believe in yourself, and you can do anything.

 


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