Good presentation skills is a must whether its for work or if you are pitching for your first job interview or want to influence and persuade someone during a discussion.
How do you feel when you have to make a presentation?
Are you well prepared and relaxed, confident that your performance will have the desired impact on your audience?
Or is the thought of standing on a podium, holding a microphone, enough to give you stage fright?
Enjoy it or not, presenting – in some form – is usually a part of business. Whether you get up in front of formal audiences on a regular basis, or you simply have to make your voice heard in a meeting, you’re using presentation skills.
Many believe that good presenters are born, not made. This is simply not true. Sure, some people are more relaxed and comfortable speaking in front of others, but everyone can learn the skills and techniques they need to increase their level of confidence and performance when presenting.
From sales pitches to training lectures, good presentation and public speaking skills are key to many influential roles in today’s business world. The good news about presenting is that you can improve with practice.
Here are some tips to remember:
- Practice before you go ‘on stage’ but make sure that you don’t over practice.
- Take charge. You’re presenting, make sure that they are engaged so people don’t think they can have side conversational whispers.
- Be positive. Project this as much as possible, even if you are having a bad day or feeling a little under the weather.
- Audiences fall asleep. Make frequent eye contact and inject some humour (at the right time) to lighten the mood and change the energy in the room.
- You need to repeat the message but don’t overdo it as repetition is death
- There is always a message!
- Passion is a must, it will help keep you energised and the audience listening.
And its always good to consider going on a Presentation Skills course!