Archive for September, 2010

Tips for Effective Presentations

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Learning how to make an effective presentation is a vaulable skill to develop.  Here are some useful tips for you.

SMILE  (When an audience sees a great smile, they will smile, too.)

MOVE AROUND  (When you feel comfortable and move around to interact with the audience, they will be more receptive to your presentation.)

MAKE EYE CONTACT  (Don’t hide behind your papers and leave your feet planted in one spot.  Know your audience and talk to them.)

RELAX  (If you are prepared, then the presentation will run smoothly and you will appear confident.  Be confident!)

STAND TALL AND USE GOOD POSTURE  (When you stand straight, you appear confident.  Stand comfortably.  Don’t slouch or lean.)

 TALK TO YOUR AUDIENCE  (When you talk to your audience and interact with them, your presentation is more interesting and engaging.  Don’t read your presentation!  Try to get the audience involved in your presentation by asking questions or for a show of hands.  Make a connection!)

USE PROPER GRAMMAR (Avoid slang and vague words like “people or basically”.)                                     

BE PREPARED   (Make sure that your equipment is ready and working. Practice and rehearse your presentation so you feel comfortable.  Make sure you know how to pronounce all of the words correctly and there are no spelling mistakes in your presentation. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” )  

BE CONSISTENT   (Your presentation design, text font, and colour scheme should be simple and consistent.  Colours and pictures should be integrated into the presentation to enhance or emphasize            information, not distract the audience.)

SPEAK CLEARLY (Use a natural pace and don’t race through your presentation.  When we are nervous, we tend to talk faster.  Avoid fillers like “umm”, “yeah”, “whatever”, “and so…” ; they are distracting.  Practice new words so you are not stumbling in your speech.)

SPEAK LOUD ENOUGH  (It doesn’t matter how good your information is if we can’t hear it.  Watch your voice modulation and intonation.)

USE GESTURES  (Don’t fidget, but appropriate facial expressions and gestures add personality and emphasize important points.)              

BE ORGANIZED  (Introduce your topic, use a hook, and get your audience interested in your presentation.  Make sure that you have a beginning, middle and end.)