Presentations are important in business and the message you bring across to your audience has to be loud and clear. In this post, we want to share 8 amazing tips that will help you create great memorable presentations.
Before starting your presentation, there are a few things to ask yourself, as this will help you prepare for the day:
Will you be in a venue that you’re already familiar with or is it going to be an unfamiliar place?
Is the setup going to be a formal or non-formal one?
Do you know the audience attending?
Do you know what tools and equipment are available? Will you need to bring your own?
Tip#1 Thoroughly prepare
When presenting a topic, one of the worse things to happen is not knowing what you’re talking about. This will then ultimately blind-side you to any tough questions from the crowd. Do your research and be ready to bring across an easy to understand presentation.“Arm” yourself with enough knowledge to answer the crowd’s questions.
Tip #2 Make it flow naturally and connect with your audience
It’s okay to have a degree of nerves since you’re going to speak in front of people, where all the focus and attention will be on you and your presentation. Add some humour here and there and share something personal as this opens you up a bit to your listeners and allows them to get close to your emotional side. People always appreciate a genuine person and an emotional connection.
Tip #3 Simplify it
Another way to make sure your audience will remember your presentation is to keep it simple. You can make a powerful statement to help bring your message across to your audience, without too much “faffing about”.
Tip #4 Familiarise yourself with your audience before the presentation
If you know who your audience is, you’ll have a better angle and idea about the jargon and other appropriate terminology. For example, if you know you’re dealing with a mobile manufacturing and software company, you’ll be using the jargon related to what the tech company uses. In your presentation, you may be talking about things related to software, screen display and more:
VGA – Video Graphics Array
OLED – Organic Light Emitting Display
OMOLED – Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Display
GSM – Global Systems for Mobile Communications
HSCSD – High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data
Megapixels – The image that the camera captures when taking a photo
MMS – Multi Messaging Services
SMS – Short Messaging Services
Tip #5 Keep it brief
Instead of dragging out your presentation, make sure that you keep it appropriate, short and to the point. Considering people’s short attention spans, you’re presentation will do better if you did something strong and to the point. Think about what your main message is and how you will convey this message in your presentation without straying off topic. The amount of time you’re limited to is the amount of time you need to complete your presentation. Speaking fast may get you through more slides, however, you need to speak at a pace that allows your audience to understand and be clear. Remember to practice your presentation and time yourself during the practice session well in advance before the actual day.
Tip #6 Use visuals and video content
Visuals and video presentations can help you bring a stronger message across as your audience will remember what they see. The brain can process images better than it does words. So don’t be afraid of using imagery, but do use it appropriately.
Tip #7 Make your closing is strong
Don’t just end your presentation, instead, make a good impression with the closing and even add a call to action if possible. Leave a lasting impression that will stay with the viewers long after they have left.