Have you ever spoiled your own presentation? Did you feel incompetent? Now, it is time to overcome those feeling with a few effective tips. How many presentations have you given so far? What did you discover during or after those presentations about your skills? Have you changed your way of presenting over time? Probably, you didn’t care much. You might have waited just for it to finish. It is easy to turn your nightmares into entertainment. You can feel accomplished when everyone attentively listens to you in silence. You can achieve this by improving your presentation skills instead of continuously judging yourself for the bad results or mistakes. It is not the Aladdin’s lamb or rocket science. Let’s check it through what we can do to enhance our presentation skills.
Firstly, we should always remember that no one will be eager to listen if we are unwilling to talk about the topic during the presentation. You should be the moving force for listeners, you can ask their opinions, predictions, experiences before you answer your questions or explain them. You should involve your listeners and encourage them to contribute to your topic with the right questions. We can divide the main skills which we will be working on into two; technical skills, communicative skills.
Let’s start with communicative skills! How can you be ready rather than being prepared? Giving a good speech is mostly related to preparation, not depends on the active presentation part. When you draw your circle for your topic, you will feel comfortable and powerful as you know the probable situations and questions you will deal with. You should encourage yourself by telling that you are the owner/ sharer of the information. You shouldn’t worry much about other things out of your topic. If you get a complex or out-of-topic question, you should honestly and bravely assert that it needs more researches or ask for others’ opinions on the issue. You may also reveal your weaknesses during rehearsals, and they are very important to foresee possible problems, mistakes that may happen in the presentation. You should adjust your speaking pace according to your presentation time and the number of slides. You should be able to observe your audiences and their reactions to change the flow of your topic with new questions or jokes.
On the one hand, you should focus on interacting with your speakers instead of talking to your slides, directly reading them. You can prepare memo notes to remind you and hold them in your hand. You should be inviting and warm for your listeners. You should greet them and look confident and relaxed. Just smile, it will end in anyways. Do your best, make your difference with your speech! Moreover, you should always wait for your audience to move on to the next issue. If they lose their focus, it is likely you to lose control. You should inform your listeners about you if you are new in that group. You should start with a striking question/story/memory or a joke to grab their attention. You should smoothly pass to the beginning and point out the topic briefly just before you start. Sometimes, you may be distracted by questions or listeners behaviours, check your memo and keep track of your plan. You should use your voice by raising intonation, changing pitch and volume. When you start to speak in a dull voice, listeners will start to think the speech is monotonous, not enjoyable even if the topic is worth listening. You should be careful about your posture and body gestures. You should turn your whole body to listeners and shouldn’t close it with your arms.