The top 5 tips to giving a great presentation:
1) Be Heard - it doesn't matter whether you have the sales projections for a new line, a desperate presentation on why your department must not be closed, a pitch for the greatest new product in the world, or just the quarterly sales report, nothing you say will be worth anything unless you are heard. You need to control your voice, speak clearly, enunciating your words and projecting your voice so that it is audible in whatever size room you are in, and pace yourself so that the information is not lost as you rush to get to the end of your dialogue.
2) Be clear - your presentation should be set out in such a way that it moves from one element to the next logically and smoothly. Set yourself a list of bullet points in the planning stage, mile-markers, and use these as the stepping stones to move you from one element to the next: these can be on sue cars, on a doc on your ipad or you can even do the old school boy trick and write them on your cuff! Don't "read " them off the card, just glance at it to keep track of where you are. Your presentation should move along fluidly, logically, without having to backtrack or jump from point to point
3) Variety - this is well known these days, but definitely worth mentioning as it is of premium importance. The human mind cannot concentrate on one thing for very long. Research has shown that the average human can listen attentively to a speech for just 3 minutes, then other thoughts start to creep in. Thus the audience's attention needs to be redirected at certain points, even just for a couple of seconds, so that their focus has a change of target; resetting the brain's timer. So, the use of audio and visual media are incredibly useful. Speak for a couple of minutes, then draw the audience's attention to a projected graph, a document you have previously handed around, to an video clip; even if you keep speaking while they examine the graph on the board, their brain's need to change focus is satisfied and will not wander
4) Stay still - Seriously, so many people ruin a good presentation by wandering all over the place. This does not work like the previous point, making the brain believe it has a new focus; instead it distracts the focus and the listener losestrack of what is being said. I don't mean stand perfectly still and talk like a robot! No, what I mean is: keep your movements confined. If you walk back and forth in front of the board, wave your arms unnecessarily, stand and lean and stand and lean, it is very distracting. Limit it. Point to the diagram, by all means, walk to the board and indicate something, sure, but don't dance. So, not really "stay still" but limit your movements
5) Q&A- in any business presentation it is important that you allow time for questions and answers at the end. No matter how much you think you have explained everything so that even a foetus would understand it, there will always be somebody wanting you to go over part of it again, so be prepared to handle their questions without getting angry or sarcastic. Little will ruin your presentation more than hissing at the director "If you were paying attention, you would have heard me explain that already, HERE, on the diagram; see it? Just there!" Just remember, some people ask questions just to make themselves look intelligent; if you help them in that they will love you! "Good question, Marcus; I thought I had covered it but let me try again; Ok, back here on the chart, you should see that..." To that end, on your list of mile-markers have alternate explanations for each point, (not long explanations, but a couple of key, alternative words) so you don't have to exactly repeat yourself but can cover the point in an alternate way.
Our workshops can help you prepare yourself for a presentation, and give you the tools you need to always present yourself and your facts in the best possible way. Obviously, we can't help you with the content - that is something that you need to know yourself - but we can provide pointers of how to order ideas.
Primarily, we will help you with controlling yourself and your voice. Our exercises and techniques will help you to master your vocal projection, so that you can be heard and what you say will be clear and understandable. With our techniques, you will be able to pace yourself, focus your voice so that people in the biggest boardroom or auditorium can hear you - without shouting! With the assurity that you are presenting your arguments and ideas well, you will be able to control your movements and manage your audience's attention.
Our workshops include breathing techniques, to help you control your nerves, your vocal strength and it duration
The will teach you simple methods to focus your voice, so that you can speak to the listeners at the furthest reaches of your room without having to shout - shouting corrupts the voice, causes words to become unclear and also makes it impossible to properly use intonation. These techniques are remarkably easy to understand and you will be able to take the process away with you to utilise whenever you wish to prepare for a presentation.
We will also teach you some little used techniques, often overlooked by speech trainers: eye contact, body-language to encourage attentiveness and the art of "silence"
You can book to join scheduled workshops, by using the booking tab, or arrange your individual or group (perhaps you wish to bring your team to a session, or arrange for us to come to you) by clicking the "contact" tab above.
Whichever method you choose, individual, group, general workshop or Professional Development workshop with your department, you will take away skills, techniques and confidence you will be able to use for years to come.