9 Tips to deliver a perfect presentation
You only get one chance to make a first impression. Even with a superb PowerPoint deck, a presenter that seems disorganised or looks at notes rather than the audience can lose the crowd in an instant.
The next time you present, take a look at these tips to deliver your presentation like the consummate professional you are.
- Know your audience
It sounds obvious, but it makes a difference. Are you talking to a room of students or professionals? Whoever is in that room, needs the talk to be tailored to them. Once you’re speaking their language, literally, you’ll keep them engaged.
- Keep it simple
Don’t overcomplicate things. Find that fine line, explaining but not overloading. It’s easy to forget when you have knowledge on a topic that other people don’t know what you know. Make people feel that they’re clever and they want to learn more.
- Connection over content
Find that emotional sweet spot. Doling out facts and figures won’t keep your audience engaged, but a story about how those figures affect the life of a person is what the audience will remember.
- Be yourself
Your passion and interest for the topic will inspire people, if you’re enthusiastic your audience will feel it.
- Mix it up
Use jokes to break down barriers, make fun of yourself, tell anecdotes. Stories work really well especially when they’re personal and relevant to the topic.
- Switch media
Use slides, video, audio, handouts, take a poll, keep your audience moving. Keep the energy up!
- Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse
Know your presentation well, be prepared. Do many run-throughs, preferably in the space you’ll be talking in, so you can feel comfortable.
Make sure you leave time for questions at the end, give the audience a chance to really engage.
- Bring it home
Leave the audience with a resounding thought and a call to action.
There are some more great tips on public speaking from the Ted Talk masters.