6 tips for your perfect presentation
June 04 2018 , 0 Comments
Giving a speech in front of a thousand people can seem like a frightening thought. If, in addition, your semester grade also depends on it, this can make the idea even more daunting. Having a fear of giving presentations is incredibly common, whether it is for your university, job, or talking in front of your class at school. So, for this reason, StudentJob has compiled a list of 6 simple tips to help improve your presentation skills…
Now we come to the point which most people don’t want to hear; preparation is key. A good presentation contains sufficient preparation, since the more time you invest in your speech, the more relaxed you will feel. You should have a clear thread of information and be able to real off your speech without needing to keep looking at your notes.
The starting line
Even at the beginning of your presentation, there is a stumbling block; the entry. Every speech which begins with, “I am presenting today…” is doomed to failure. An interesting entry will help to set the right atmosphere for your presentation. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a somersault, but starting with a fun fact about your topic or an introductory question to your audience will help to spark their attention. So, make sure you start right from the beginning, so your listeners are attentive right from the start.
One of the most important aspects of a presentation, if not the most important, is the acoustics.
How loud are you talking?
How understandable are you?
What is your tone?
It is easy to pay more attention during your presentation to what you are saying, rather than how to say it. But, if you pay attention to both, it will slowly become second nature to you.
The media you use for your presentation is extremely meaningful. It should support your presentation and not distract from it. The general rule is; less is more. This is especially true in PowerPoint, where there are many different tools available to you. Although these tools can improve your presentation, they can also easily worsen it. Not all of your information needs to be included on the slides, only the parts which are difficult to understand and easier to read. Finally, if you need to turn and point to something on the screen, be careful not to turn and talk to the wall. Firstly, show the audience what you are referring to, then turn back to your crowd and begin your explanation. This way, you are always speaking directly to your audience…
As we mentioned, preparation is your best friend. The key to speaking without notes is to avoid memorising your entire speech by heart. For a presentation, the ideal way to deliver is to have enough knowledge on the topic to really explain freely, without regurgitating a pre-prepared 5-minute lecture. If you can include index cards, they should only be used if you forget something. Try to avoid writing entire sentences on your cards, because this will only seduce you to read. Instead, write keywords which will help you to remember the parts you struggled with as you practiced.
Your body language says a lot about how you feel. That’s why you have to consciously control your body language, especially with nervousness. Avoid fast moments, unless you are trying to create tension, otherwise, your fast movements will signal nervousness. If you tend to move your hands a lot when you are nervous, don’t worry, it happens to a lot of people. Walking around the room can help to shake off nerves as you slowly become more comfortable with your surroundings.
So, in short, preparing thoroughly for your presentation, creating an interesting beginning, including short slides and paying attention to your body language are all key components for a successful presentation. With a little extra effort, you can help to combat your nerves and train yourself to succeed in giving speeches.
Written by Saffron Shergill at StudentJob UK.
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