While many people suffer from some degree of fear regarding public speaking, odds are that most people will find themselves having to perform it at some point in their lives. Whether the challenge is a presentation within a profession or a speech given at a wedding, life teems with incidents in which people are placed as a central figure, subject to the attention of all in attendance. A good impression is, naturally, the desirable outcome. A few tips will help anyone with presentation worries.
Show the Audience Your Passion to Make Connections
One of the most important things in giving a presentation is to connect with the audience, whether it is a group of investors or guests of nuptial ceremonies. To do this, the presenter should be genuine and honest. Try to overcome nerves and let natural personality shine through. Getting involved with the subject matter, truly letting passion be expressed, is a great way to connect. Be enthusiastic and watch the enthusiasm spread.
Focus on the Needs of the Audience
When preparing a presentation, the presenter should always consider the audience’s needs and what it needs to know as more important than the pool of things that the presenter is capable of informing the audience. The audience’s response should also be closely observed and measured while the presentation is underway. A good presentation’s goal is to be easy for the audience to understand and engage with.
Focus on a Core Message
Answer this question when planning a presentation: what particular message or trio of key points should the audience receive as a takeaway? That message should be restrained enough to be communicated in a brief manner. Some experts advise what is known as an elevator summary that can be expressed in 30 seconds’ time; others a summary of 15 words or fewer.
A presentation’s beginning is crucial. The audience needs to have its attention seized and held from the start. Do not waste the initial grace period that an average audience gives by giving credentials or dull facts. Entertain the audience instead. This will make them more eager to hear more, less likely to switch off their active participation, and more inclined to side with the presenter.