On a recent Presentation Skills Training Course, a question was asked “What are the key things people should remember when Presenting?”. The reality is there are many components to a good presentation. However, to make it simple we have listed below 3 essentials to a good presentation;
1. What is your Story???
What is the story you are trying to tell? A presentation should be viewed as a storyboard, it should be planned so it is easy to follow. Have you structured to tell it in an interesting and engaging manner? Ensure that you have a clear beginning, a clear middle and a clear ending?
2. Visual Message
The most popular visual aid is powerpoint, however a visual aid is anything that will help you the presenter to convey your message. The visual message can make or break a presentation.
Time after time we see people using power point slides full of words and sentences that the presenter just reads. This does not work!
Presentation Skills Training teaches delegates how to create the right visual message through the use of effective visual aids. We believe every slide should have some form of visual on it. Words can be used but should be limited to bullet points for the presenter to expand on. A general rule of thumb is 6 words per line and 6 lines per slide.
All about you! This part is how you project yourself and how you connect through eye contact with the audience ie; posture, stage presence, vocal delivery and gestures. Ensure that your body language matches the message you are trying to deliver.
It is vitally important that our body language matches the message we are trying to deliver when we present.
So going back to the question, what are the key things to remember when presenting? We are taught on Presentation Skills Training courses to always consider the message, the visual aids you are using to support the message and finally your delivery which includes body language and voice inflection
When it comes to communication there are three key areas Verbal-the words we say, Vocal-the way we say it and finally Visual which is really our body language.
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