Top Ten Presentation Lessons

I have shared with you a lot of presentation tips in the past. But these top ten presentation lessons below seem to be the simplest, yet most crucial if you want to improve your craft in presentations and public speaking. The lessons came from this video which I found awesome and quite funny.

1. Arrive early to prepare. – I’ve always mentioned this before. Arriving early gives you a chance to not just prepare your materials and tools, but it will also help you relax thereby making you more ready and positively  energized for your presentation.

2. Your opening is always crucial. – The first few words that come out of your mouth can actually make or break you. They will either impress your audience and catch their attention instantly, or they can cause you to be judged very harshly by your audience.

3. Don’t make fun of your audience or any member of your audience. – This is common sense.

4. “Juvenile slide transitions to spice things up” only make you look unprofessional. – The simpler your PowerPoint presentation is, the better. Just stick to fade or wipe for transitions.

5. Don’t read your slides. – Doing so is like disrespecting the effort, time and money your audience spent to be able to attend your presentation. They can read the slides on their own. What they need from you is more insight and wisdom which shows that you are an expert or person of authority in your chosen topic.

6. Practice makes perfect. – Same essence as number five. If you respect your audience and the time and resources they spent to come see you, then you will prepare your speech or presentation very well.

7. Avoid using clip art. –  It will only show your lack or creativity and resourcefulness.

8. Prepare for technical difficulties.  – First and foremost, make sure that you have a decent enough desktop background just in case the same thing happens to you.  Then be able to handle the technical problem as quickly as possible. Don’t let it derail your presentation.

9. Be careful with lists. – Don’t cram everything on one page and find yourself forgetting a bullet point. It will only make you seem like you were unprepared and didn’t know what was coming next. Divide your bullet points into different pages and insert a photo in there to help catch the attention and interest of your audience.

10. Conclusions are not mere restatements of your title and subtitles. Your presentation doesn’t have to end in Q&A either. You should have a particular closing remark prepared that will en-capsulize everything you have presented. It should also include a call to action. This way, your audience will remember your talk even after the curtain call.

For more insights on his matter, head to:

10 Lessons Learned from “Every Presentation Ever”

 

 

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5 Responses to Top Ten Presentation Lessons

  1. Awesome video, worth to remember!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Thomas

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