[AD] When you open an email from your manager to discover that you’ve been roped into doing your own presentation, you may immediately start thinking of excuses for not taking part. Standing up in front of a group of people to showcase something you created, and for that presentation to actually serve its purpose, can seem like a daunting task. However, there are a few easy ways that you can ensure you boss your next presentation and stun everyone with your creative abilities and confidence, so read on to find out more.
Presentations can either be aesthetically pleasing and interesting to view, or sleep inducing or garish to look at, there really seems to be nothing in between. If you want to ensure that your presentation is up there with the beautiful and professional but haven’t got much of a clue where to start, you may want to consider using a document templates software that can provide you with the basic outline for you to tweak according to your own preference. Keep to a couple of set colours and avoid including too many animations or graphics, as this can give a childish feel that you will want to avoid.
When you speak to your audience, you want to grip them with the information you share with them. Your presentation should include the basic summarised points of what you are trying to convey, as the rest needs to be told verbally by you. By including paragraphs of text, most people in the audience will give up on reading before they have even started due to the sheer volume of words. Keep it short and sweet, and only include what you really have to in order to get the most important of your points across.
The Way You Deliver
It can take a lot of guts and courage to get up in front of a room of people to deliver your presentation independently. However, you have to switch it around and see this as an amazing opportunity to show everybody what you can do as an individual. Confidence is a key influence in the overall success, so it may be an idea to do a few practice runs beforehand to kerb any pre-show nerves by establishing your route through the whole thing in the very beginning. The tone of voice you use and the way in which you speak with the audience also have an effect, as you mustn’t be dull or flat in your tone or no one will care to listen. Involve a bit of humour or interact with those who are watching to bring up the energy and make it a little more memorable.
Hopefully, these hacks can help you boss your presentation and show everyone what you can do. Put some effort into the design, but keep it simple and sophisticated. Remember to be professional, but have a laugh too. Have confidence in yourself and your abilities, and plan ahead to have the most productive week you can.