Public speaking can be a walk in the park for some, and an uphill marathon for others. Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, the same two elements for success remain true. To deliver a good presentation, you must be prepared, and you must fully understand the topic you are speaking on.
Once you have those two elements, preparation and understanding, on lock, you can build upon that groundwork to deliver a GREAT presentation. Here are a few tips to help make your presentation memorable and impactful.
Avoid death by PowerPoint.
- If you MUST use text, put them in bullets on your slide
- Lean toward images, and use your notes in your hand to speak to the points
- Take it easy on the animations
- Consider using Prezi or Keynote for a unique take on the traditional dec
- Take a step back from the numbers and the facts, and find a way to connect your message to a metaphor - something people can relate to. Speaking on metaphors is not only a way to put your ideas into perspective, but it breaks the barrier. For example, if you are a finance manager or analyst talking about the need for accuracy in reporting, you could instead frame it as:
- Another element of becoming a storyteller is by starting off the presentation talking about yourself. This will make the audience connection strong straight from the get-go.
- If it’s an audience you don’t know, talk about your family, your pets, where you’re from, etc.
- If you do know the audience, then start off with a funny story of something you recently experienced (make sure it’s relevant!).
- Find 1 central idea that you want to get across, and refer back to that idea 2-3 times throughout your speech. Build the rest of the content to support and supplement the central idea.
- If you have multiple ideas, then break it up into segments. The goal here is to keep the flow of information clear and concise so it’s easily comprehended by the audience.
- Do not finish your amazing presentation with the ‘aaaaand I think that’s all I have for you. Thank you!’. DON’T DO IT. Your entire presentation is only as strong as your closing statement.
- Sum up your idea in the final few sentences, and make your last sentence a line in the sand. A Kabam, if you will. I’m personally a fan of a unifying statement - “By coming together as a unified front, we can make an impact on the finances of this company. Thank you”. Bring the drama and stay calm, cool and collected through the last word.
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