HOW TO DELIVER AN OUTSTANDING PRESENTATION
Have you ever wondered how to transform your presentation from mediocre to outstanding? While preparation is important, keep in mind the audience’s default position is “What’s in it for me?”
Here are four tips on how to deliver an outstanding presentation.
Have an impressive opening statement
As soon as you utter your first word, you command your audience’s attention. Establish credibility from your very first statement. To get rid of nerves, start with an introductory statement about yourself or ask a question.
Body Language Communication
First impressions matter. Wow your audience the moment you walk onto the stage with impeccable body language that conveys confidence. Audiences mimic what they see. If your posture conveys uncertainty, your listeners may respond with detachment and become disinterested.
Memorize your presentation material
Memorizing your speech will help alleviate anxiety and prepare you, just in case the unexpected happens. Practice, practice, practice. Even when your presentation is perfect, give it the once over. The more you hear yourself, the more comfortable you become.
Engage with your audience
Your presentation should connect with your listeners. Grab their attention by using engaging techniques like reading the audience and adapting to the mood in the room. Try and inject humor and real life experiences into your presentation. Monitor voice intonations and pauses at the appropriate times to keep your audience alert and not bored. Deliver a thought provoking call to action that will bring about a positive change.
Before you deliver your next presentation, take a deep breath, and remember; “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou