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There is nothing more nerve-wracking than having to prepare a presentation for work - but it’s often part of your role and certainly a way to get you noticed (in a good way) if you do it right. To create and deliver an excellent presentation takes time and preparation. It’s a given that you will have to spend time researching the subject of your presentation, and we can trust that you know best what is needed there. But a presentation goes far beyond having the right content. You could have groundbreaking facts and figures with an award-winning plan to improve the company, but if you don't present it well, then no one is going to take it seriously. So here are our tips to a boss presentation.
There is nothing wrong with good old-fashioned Microsoft powerpoint, but you might find that using a different platform for your presentation will give it a fresher and more professional look. Google Slides themes come in many shapes and sizes and are an excellent base for a more traditional presentation. It's also a great option for people who don't have tons of experience building a presentation. For those who want a fancier option and a more challenging platform, think about using Prezi - it too has templates for you to work from, but you can also create from scratch.
When setting out your presentation, make sure that your layout is clear and straightforward; leave those fancy transitions and word art titles in the last decade where they belong. Write your points in bullet mode - the majority of what you're going to say should be in your head or on your cue cards. Being able to relate your presentation verbally and with minimal prompts shows that you know what you are talking about and that you have spent time learning all there is to know about the subject your presentation is on. Try to keep to the point; less slides means that your audience can stay focused. If you drag it out, they will get bored, no matter their age or investment into the topic.
Practice makes perfect. And the old saying is so true. As I said with knowing what to say without reading it off the screen - practicing your presentation ensures that you can do just that. Again this shows confidence and authority about what you're talking about. Practicing can also help you to work through those presentation nerves. A lot of people, no matter how long or often they give presentations, still get nervous standing in front of a crowd of people. If it's just your regular team, then you'll be fine, but if this is towards a job or a promotion, if it's in front of a larger crowd or people you don't know, there will always be an element of nerves involved. But that doesn't have to be a bad thing - nerves can be great because they give you a boost in adrenaline, meaning that you will appear more confident and happy.
I have mentioned it once or twice because your confidence is such an important aspect to delivering a boss presentation. Confidence can be faked, many of you will be happy to know. It begins with feeling like you know what you're talking about, and then continues through your body language. Rather them crossing your arms and turning your back on your audience, keep your stance relaxed, look people in the eye, and use your hands to gesticulate. Using your hands to speak shows passion for what you're saying, which subconsciously reaffirms to your audience that you know what you're talking about and enjoy what you're doing. Think about popular YouTubers and how they talk to their audiences through the camera. I have been trying to hone my own skill in this are as I host my new Polished Professionals YouTube channel. From first hand experience, it certainly takes some practice but the confidence will come!
What are your best presentation tips to share with everyone? Clearly my last tip is coffee, coffee coffee, see below.
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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