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How to Become a Better Presenter
Transcript of How to Become a Better Presenter
12 tips for becoming a better presenter and making more effective presentations.
Research your topic.
It’s important to spend enough time collecting and confirming information in order to speak with confidence and knowledge.
Put your ideas into one canvas and show clearly how they relate: it will help you and your audience connect and follow the presentation. Zoom out to show big pictures and zoom in to give more details.
Do not memorize written texts. Try to understand the topic to the best of your ability so you can communicate it well during the presentation and meet the time limit. Practice for a friend and get feedback on your skills.
Deal with your stress.
It’s natural to be stressed before a presentation, try picturing yourself impressing the audience. Also, it’s important to relax before the presentation and think about nothing but how to make the most out of it.
Dress well for the presentation, usually a formal outfit is preferred to show the level of professionalism. Appearance says a lot about someone’s personality and confidence.
Keep eye contact.
Use the scanning-the-room technique by maintaining eye contact with as many people as you can.
Speak in a loud and clear voice to get your presentation through to the audience, even the ones sitting further away.
Engage your audience.
Some useful ways to do that are sharing a funny yet tasteful story, or pose a question to see how much they know about the subject you’re about to discuss.
Keep Q/A for the end.
Make sure you listen to the questions carefully, ask for clarifications if needed and repeat the question to the rest of the audience to give you more time to think about the answer. If you don’t know the answer be honest and say it.
Learn from your experience.
Ask your employers or professors for their feedback to be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses and help you improve for next time.
Listen to other presenters speak.
Once you’re done presenting, you should take the time to listen to other presenters speaking to audiences to benefit from their skills and experiences.
Organize the main points in the most appropriate order for the topic you’re presenting. Avoid writing complete sentences or paragraphs and prepare note cards to help you elaborate on the information presented.