Dynamic Business Presentations in Five Easy Steps:
Many of our clients come to us looking for tips on how to improve the success of their corporate presentations, and fast. While there’s a lot of advice out there, some of it good, some of it bad, some of it unmentionably atrocious, the good news is that you can dramatically increase the quality of your business presentations with a few simple steps.
1) Set a Goal
What do you want to accomplish with your presentation? To pitch a new idea? To close a sale? You should be asking whether each slide or point is helping you achieve this goal. If it’s not, it doesn’t belong in your presentation.
2) Be Flexible
That’s not to say that you can’t be a little flexible. If you feel like your audience isn’t getting it, or you’re losing their attention, or they seem to be more interested in a different part of your presentation than you’d hoped, try changing it up, cutting sections on the fly, or answering their questions. It’s great to be laser-focused in your preparation, but conversational and adaptable in the delivery of your corporate presentation.
3) Know Your Audience
Cater your presentation to your target audience—and that’s not necessarily every person in the room, though the room dynamic can be a powerful factor in a successful business presentation. You should keep in mind their demographic, interests, even sense of humour when putting together your presentation.
4) Visualize Your Data
Right now, you might be thinking, No problem, I’ve got this handy chart. While charts certainly can be useful, you’re missing out on a whole world of other data visualization options at your disposal if you pick a chart as your default graphic. Everyone in the business world has seen thousands of pie charts. Why not find a perfect visual metaphor, craft a dynamic animation or build a compelling infographic?
5) Make Your Slides Work For You
You rule your slides, not the other way around. It can be dangerously easy to let your slide deck dictate the structure of your presentation. Instead, figure out what story you want to tell, and build your slides to emphasize and enhance your message.
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Roberta Matuson is a sought-after presenter on leadership and business topics. Known as “The Talent Maximizer,” she is best known for her consulting expertise on the topic of talent in the workplace and has written many books on the subject including Talent Magnetism: How to Build a Workplace That Attracts and Keeps the Best. Here, she discusses her path and her top presentation tips.
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Jerry Seinfeld has a skit where he points out that studies show public speaking is a bigger fear than death. That means, he claims, that if you are going to a funeral you are better off in the casket than doing the eulogy. While there isn’t a lot you can do to melt away your anxiety, a the best start is simply to make a better presentation. When delivering your great prezi here are some great prezi tips (that can be used for all presentations)
Becoming a competent, rather than just confident, speaker requires a lot of practice. But here are a few things you can consider to start sharpening your presentation skills:
This is a slideshow rule offered by Guy Kawasaki. This rule states that a powerpoint or Prezi slide should have no more than 10 slides, last no longer than 20 minutes and have no text less than 30 point font. He says it doesn’t matter whether your idea will revolutionize the world, you need to spell out the important nuggets in a few minutes minutes, a couple slides and a several words a slide.
Speeches should be entertaining and informative. I’m not saying you should act like a dancing monkey when giving a serious presentation. But unlike an e-mail or article, people expect some appeal to there emotions. Simply reciting dry facts without any passion or humor will make people less likely to pay attention.
Nervous and inexperienced speakers tend to talk way to fast. Consciously slow your speech down and add pauses for emphasis.
Match eye contact with everyone in the room. I’ve also heard from salespeople that you shouldn’t focus all your attention on the decision maker since secretaries and assistants in the room may hold persuasive sway over their boss.
15 Word Summary
Can you summarize your idea in fifteen words? If not, rewrite it and try again. Speaking is an inefficient medium for communicating information, so know what the important fifteen words are so they can be repeated.
Another suggestion for slideshows. This one says that you should have twenty slides each lasting exactly twenty seconds. The 20-20 Rule forces you to be concise and to keep from boring people.
This one is a no brainer, but somehow digital presentations make people think they can get away with it. If you don’t know your speech without cues, that doesn’t just make you more distracting. It shows you don’t really understand your message, a huge blow to any confidence the audience has in you.
Speeches are About Stories
If your presentation is going to be a longer one, explain your points through short stories, quips and anecdotes. Great speakers know how to use a story to create an emotional connection between ideas for the audience.
Project Your Voice
Nothing is worse than a speaker you can’t hear. Even in the high-tech world of microphones and amplifiers, you need to be heard. Projecting your voice doesn’t mean yelling, rather standing up straight and letting your voice resonate on the air in your lungs rather than in the throat to produce a clearer sound.
Don’t Plan Gestures
Any gestures you use need to be an extension of your message and any emotions that message conveys. Planned gestures look false because they don’t match your other involuntary body cues. You are better off keeping your hands to your side.
“That’s a Good Question”
You can use statements like, “that’s a really good question,” or “I’m glad you asked me that,” to buy yourself a few moments to organize your response. Will the other people in the audience know you are using these filler sentences to reorder your thoughts? Probably not. And even if they do, it still makes the presentation more smooth than um’s and ah’s littering your answer.
Breathe In Not Out
Feeling the urge to use presentation killers like ‘um,’ ‘ah,’ or ‘you know’? Replace those with a pause taking a short breath in. The pause may seem a bit awkward, but the audience will barely notice it.
Come Early, Really Early
Don’t fumble with your Prezi or hooking up a projector when people are waiting for you to speak. Come early, scope out the room, run through your slideshow and make sure there won’t be any glitches. Preparation can do a lot to remove your speaking anxiety.
Join Toastmasters and practice your speaking skills regularly in front of an audience. Not only is it a fun time, but it will make you more competent and confident when you need to approach the podium.
Apologies are only useful if you’ve done something wrong. Don’t use them to excuse incompetence or humble yourself in front of an audience. Don’t apologize for your nervousness or a lack of preparation time. Most audience members can’t detect your anxiety, so don’t draw attention to it.
Do Apologize if You’re Wrong
ne caveat to the above rule is that you should apologize if you are late or shown to be incorrect. You want to seem confident, but don’t be a jerk about it.
Put Yourself in the Audience
When writing a speech, see it from the audiences perspective. What might they not understand? What might seem boring? Use WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) to guide you.
Sounds impossible? With a little practice you can inject your passion for a subject into your presentations. Enthusiasm is contagious.
What tips do you have for making killer presentations? You know, besides getting the geeks on your side