Imagine you have to deliver a presentation to a group of people who are feeling slightly resentful that they are required to attend and that your allocated time slot is last thing on Friday afternoon. Are you feeling slightly sick or a little daunted at the thought of it?
Many of us have been subjected to talks, presentations, training session or lectures that left us feeling anything but energised let alone inspired or motivated by the information that was imparted to us. Some of us have been fortunate enough to attend a presentation that was interesting, stimulating and enjoyable enough for us to come away thinking or saying “Wow, that was great”! A really good presentation can even prompt the shyest and most retiring of us to say a personal thank you to the presenter. Now, if you have been fortunate enough to attend a “Wow!” presentation, think back and try to identify what was happening, or not happening, during the presentation that made you feel like it was worth being there and wanting to hear more when it ended. Now, think back to the most difficult presentation you have had to sit through. Try to identify why you felt completely bored, sleepy, embarrassed for the presenter or fidgety enough to jump right out of your skin if you didn’t get out of the room – and quickly!
Being able to identify the key differences between a good and poor presentation experience can help you in your own preparation for making a presentation that you would feel happy to deliver and happy to take part in yourself.
Here are some helpful hints from successful presenters:
• Be prepared and well-rehearsed
• Show you are passionate about the topic
• Capture the attention of your audience straight away
• Engage with and involve your audience
• Make eye contact and smile
• Keep it simple
Share your thoughts below on what you feel it takes to make a good presentation.
Written by Tatiana Morley