Nowadays, having good presentation skills is no luxury. Everyone has to give a presentation at some point whether they are in school, college, at work, or maybe at home to persuade your partner why you have to cut down expenses. No matter where we give our presentation or to whom, we want to make sure that it delivers the message we intended to our audience. Here are some tips to ensure you nail the presentation and leave a lasting impression on your audience.
1. Know your audience
Studying your audience’s interests and needs is the first step towards a successful presentation. Knowing your audience before getting started will let you understand the type of content they are going to be expecting. It’s crucial to use the tone and language that your audience would listen to (for example, you could use formal speech to address seniors or speak more casually and simply if you’re addressing college students). How you convey the information to your audience, is the difference between an amazing presentation and the average one.
2. Break the ice
Prepare an icebreaker to start with. You can begin with a story, a joke, a short video, a fun engaging game, or a simple question that gives room for a small discussion. Decide what kind of starter you’d be using according to the topic of your presentation and your audience. Starting your presentation in an interactive way will help you captivate the concentration of your audience. This also helps you appear more self-confident while presenting.
3. Structure your ideas
If you start your presentation with random points that make no sense, you’re going to lose your audience and they’ll get busy with other things rather than listening to what you have to say. If your presentation ever gets remembered it would be the one when they took a nap or replied to those emails that were piling up. You have to put your ideas together like puzzle pieces that complement each other. Each section should add up to the one before and lay the ground for the one that follows.
4. Visualize your content
Using visuals like charts, graphs, and info-graphs to illustrate concepts, ideas, and information is a great way to cement your ideas in the minds of your audience. According to studies, 65% of people are considered to be visual learners.
Connecting your presentation with examples from real life gives it more authenticity. Combine your presentation with some facts, studies, and researches is a great addition to your presentation skills.
6. Engage your audience
Audience engagement is a must-have in your presentation skills. Always ask questions during your presentation and open discussions when possible. This way you will make it more interactive, get the chance to discuss counter opinions and create a constructive discussion, and assure that you have your audience’s attention all through the presentation.
7. Recap your ideas and state a clear conclusion
Recapping your ideas is a great tool to make sure your audience remembers the main messages of your presentation. It also gives you the chance to display how the sequence of your ideas leads to the conclusion. Moreover, make sure you have a crystal-clear conclusion that portrays the message you want your audience to take away with them.