Tips For an Effective Presentation

Presentation is a type of communication, where a key idea or a main message is transmitted to the audience. There are variety of methods and forms of presentation and array of tools that further enhance it. Whiteboards, power point, laser pointers and many other options are available. As per the demand of the presentation, the method can be selected.

In our lifetime, we are presenter at least once, maybe not a formal one, but informal, like projects during your school or college days. There can be formal ones also like presentations to clients or as a part of office work. The most common issue or huddle is the fear of facing people or addressing a group and most of the people tend to shy away due to this problem.

Some people get nervous or they fear reaction of audience or have mental complexes like what if no one likes my presentation, what if I forget or falter, what if people pose a question and I am unable answer and so on. Sweating of palms, nervousness, dryness in throat, accelerated heartbeat are few of the symptoms.

On the other side, rather than avoiding presentation, you need to learn the technique of giving an effective and successful presentation. It’s a skill and there are few people who are inherent speakers but the majority of presenters perfect this skill over a period of time and consistent practice.

The object of any presentation is to inform or educate the audience about a certain topic. This main theme forms the core of your presentation; avoid being a reader, be a speaker. It means that your role as presenter is merely not to read out the slides, but answer queries posed by the audience. Having basic knowledge about the subject is of utmost importance.

Flow is the key to keep all engaged; if there is no flow the content look haphazard. Main theme, Objective, Goals and Conclusion is a basic framework that needs to be adhered to

Tools & Aids: Over exceeding use of tool and aids mar your presentation completely. Moderation is absolutely required.

Content: Do not cram stuff; too much information can also hamper your presentation. Loud Graphics jarring colors distract audience and can be an eye sore.

Dry run before the final presentation is necessary and you can time yourself, check if all is in sync. Check the lighting; arrange the equipments, cables and all to avoid last minute hassles.

At times monotonous presentations can be tad boring, so you can include small breaks or jokes that add a refreshing touch and do not delay your lecture or conference. Do not station yourself in one position, you can move around.

In a nutshell, remember that, no art or skill can be mastered in an hour. The more you practice the more likely are the chances that you will master it. Learn the nuances and do not feel shy about trying and testing your skills as a speaker. In no time, you will look forward to giving presentations that will be loved by one and all.