Saturday, November 17, 2018
Presentation Tips

101 Tips to Deliver an Effective Presentation

Presentation Tips

Over the years, a lot has been said and told about Presentation Skills and since then the aspirants are on the quest of “How to be a perfect presenter”, but nothing strikes my head more than the thought of how some people actually do it the way it should be. Are there any set rules to be a good presenter or it just happens to the gifted? Well, I have always been a believer of hard work & practice. These two components create a perfect composition of a well-defined public speaking experience.

A perfectly balanced composition of knowledge, practice, creativity, humor & spontaneity brings out a wonderfully engaging presentation that compels its audience and they believe in what the speaker is explaining. How this happens? Years and Years of practice & a hint of confidence. Still there are many aspects, which should not be ignored before delivering your presentation. You may find 10, 20,30 tips on the internet but today I am sharing tips that I have been working upon and have compiled after having a fair share of experience in the field. Let us find out –

Assemble, Formulate & Produce

  • Get your head right with the subject & know what to present.
  • First, search your own knowledge bank & then go for references.
  • Assemble the best possible pointers on your choice of subject.
  • Pen down your points before digitally handling them.
  • Plan the sequence of your presentation well.
  • Get your head to work on better examples.
  • Always make a point with an instance attached to what you are saying.
  • Find out good quality images & videos to attach to your presentation.
  • Master the skill of presentation designing.
  • Develop a time frame & incorporate all your pointers in it.
  • Assign appropriate time to explain every pointer.
  • Practice raw presentation in front of your friends & family.
  • Include creative suggestions from others.
  • Think of all possible questions around the topic.
  • Prepare a Q&A session of your own(in your mind) & practice it too.
  • Practice alone with the formulated presentation.
  • Only pointers on your slides please. Stuffing too much content on slides will shift the attention of your listeners and they won’t be able to connect. Keep it to points & let them connect to your voice.
  • Use remote control to move slides.
  • If technically something goes wrong, keep going with your topic. Don’t panic or fumble. Just go a bit slow & include spontaneous examples. You may ask some questions.
  • Get inspired by watching other’s presentations (better one’s of course).
  • Reach before time, prepare for the delivery.
  • Remember you are there to entertain not to teach some subject.
  • Practice for better filler words because ‘hmmm’, ‘ummm’, ‘yes’ or ‘right’ used frequently makes you look unprepared.
  • Saying sorry repeatedly is gross, avoid it.
  • You yourself should have fun while presenting, then only your audience will connect.

Gestures, Postures & Slides

  • You are the face of presentation, not your slides.
  • Looks are important but not to the extent that your thoughts drift away.
  • Your personality is in your speech.
  • Change & modulate your voice according to the size of audience.
  • If you don’t know how to match your body language on stage you will look boring.
  • Balance your act with standing straight, moving on stage and moving around the audience.
  • Keep audience engaged by changing slides by remote when you are among them.
  • Your presentation can go boring if you keep going with single expression.
  • Maintain eye contact and connect with your listeners.
  • Too much hand movement can ruin it but not doing it at all is even boring.
  • Do not bind your hands to small movements either; open your arms while answering questions.
  • Keep yourself fit & practice to stand on stage for a longer time.
  • If you are tired you can go sit among the audience make it look like part of your presentation.
  • You are not a pendulum, don’t sway poise yourself aptly.
  • Dressing for your presentation plays a vital role too. Do so smartly.
  • Always choose a collar microphone to present.
  • Look energetic and zealous.
  • While standing keep your feet a little apart & shoulders straight, shows confidence.
  • Keep your hands out of pocket please.
  • Remember you are here to communicate not to preach.
  • Draw power by deep breathing. Breath in, not out.
  • Stay away from mumbling, speak every word clearly, open your mouth and pronounce correctly.
  • Raise your voice from your chest not throat.
  • Have a positive attitude towards yourself & audience.
  • Take the feedback as learning & prepare well for next time.

 Do’s

  • Try a little humor.
  • Induce examples.
  • Know your audience.
  • Judge your audience within few minutes of starting.
  • Make it easy to understand.
  • Keep it concise.
  • Go slow & steady.
  • Maintain your conduct.
  • Keep a calming tone.
  • Lead the audience.
  • Poke fun at yourself, to connect.
  • Take your audience into confidence.
  • Remember that you are here to share.
  • Always keep a backup plan.
  • Go beyond your slides, to explain.
  • Face your audience’s questions.
  • If you don’t know something, say it smartly.
  • Check all digital systems before starting.
  • Be professional on stage.
  • Use remote with laser to show points on slide.
  • Nod while listening to a listener’s question.
  • Smile and also laugh with your audience.
  • Look into the eye of the questioner & answer, this make them feel important.
  • Making fun of a silly question is not on the cards, handle it smartly.
  • Let the questioner finish, interrupting will make you look desperate.

Don’ts

  • Don’t be a slide speaker, be a story teller.
  • Don’t Overdo it. Keep it concise.
  • Don’t be a crammer.
  • Don’t deviate from the subject.
  • Don’t keep anything from your audience.
  • Don’t go too deep.
  • Don’t start questioning your audience.
  • Don’t ignore the back benchers.
  • Don’t make fun of your audience.
  • Don’t keep a piece of paper while presenting.
  • Don’t depend upon digital aspects completely.
  • Don’t make it all about slides.
  • Don’t start telling your life story.
  • Don’t boast your achievements.
  • Don’t dance around too much.
  • Don’t stand in the way of your slides & audience.
  • Don’t show empathy with your audience, help them learn.
  • Don’t go over the top.
  • Don’t go personal with an example.
  • Don’t make it only about images & videos.
  • Don’t challenge your listeners.
  • Don’t force your examples agree to your audience too.
  • Don’t portray a negative body language.
  • Don’t just stare your presentation.
  • Don’t look up or down like a school kid to remember things.

And the 101 no. tip that I would like to share is Practice well, be confident, be at the right place at the right time & don’t overlook suggestions. Kept in mind, these tips can really help. If you have more to share please do so. I am open to more suggestions, contribute & learn more.

1 Comment

  1. Just what I’ve been looking for. Please invite me to one of your seminars.
    It will be a life-time opportunity for me.

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