How to Make Effective Presentations: 6 Tips

businesswoman-giving-presentation-portrait-mature-39858188Practice makes perfect. I know, I know. It’s such a cliche. So for today’s post, I will be giving you other awesome tips on how you can prepare for your presentation and make it more effective.

1. Always make it about your audience — what’s in it for them? 

2. Too much information is a no-no. Just share the essentials. 

3. Remember the five Cs: Be credible, confident, clear, concise and compelling.

4. Model yourself after someone who is qualified and successful in your field. 

5. Prepare answers to possible questions that your audience might ask.

6. Rehearse answers to tough questions. 

To know more insights about how to make an effective presentation, please head to this link: How To Prepare for Presentations – 6 Tips to Make Effective Presentations – from a Presentation Trainer

The Don’ts of Presentation Preparation

plan-practice-prepare-3-arrow-wheel-15289139When it comes to presenting well, it’s not about how much you’ve prepared for your presentation but how correctly you did your preparations for it.

Below are errors presenters make when preparing for presentations. Beware and try not to do any of these things:

  1. Not having the right intention: Have clear goal and objective for your speech.
  2. Not preparing your content before you prepare your PowerPoint™: Prepare your content first which will serve as your blueprint to be followed by the visuals.
  3. Not realizing that your content has two parts—message and structure: Build your content and then make sure that it follows a certain structure when you tell it to your audience.
  4. Not practicing your delivery ahead of time: Remember that even the best speakers practice their presentation out loud at least 3 times before every presentation they give.
  5. Not showing physical excitement and passion: It’s not enough that you know all the details of your topic. you should be able to show passion and excitement when conveying your message as well.
  6. Not letting your voice be free: Make your voice work for you by using it to elicit various emotions from your audience.
  7. Not showing confidence and energy: Even if you don’t feel energetic at first, you should be able to fake it until you make it.

To find out more about this, please head to: 7 Deadly Sins of Presentation Preparation

5 Useful Preparation Tips Before Presenting

preparation-fashion-show-28880544Every presentation opportunity is an important one so make sure that you prepare well. Here are 5 things that you can do to make sure that you are able to give your best every single time:

Step 1)  Know your stuff… no really. When you know your stuff, you own your presentation and your audience knows it. It’s also true otherwise.

Step 2)  Never rush the set-up. Doing so will just leave you frazzled and more anxious and this will show on your presentation.

Step 3)  Get comfortable in the setting. If this was a play, it would be the final costume rehearsal. Go through your speech in the actual space or room that you will be using when you do your presentation.

Step 4)  Take a walk. Half an hour before your presentation, go for a walk. This will reduce your anxiety and the oxygen will do your brain some good.

Step 5)  Get relational. Talk to some of your audience before the presentation starts. Seeing that you are relaxed and comfortable around them will increase your credibility in the eyes of your audience.

For more insight about this, please head to:  A 5 Step Pre-presentation Game Plan

25 More Ways to Calm Your Nerves Before a Presentation

Here are some more ways to help you calm your nerves when you’re up there speaking in front of many people or when you’re about to give the biggest presentation of your life.

1. Prepare. Need I say more?

2. Practice. Even the greatest speakers out there practice long hours to perfect their speeches. So should you.

3. Check out the Room. You wouldn’t want any surprises.

4. Read the Room. Arrive early and introduce yourself to some of the people in the audience minutes before you start your presentation. This will make you feel more calm and familiar with your audience.

5. “Seed” the Audience. Ask your friends, associates, or colleagues to attend your talk so you can focus on their faces when the going gets tough up there on stage.

6. Remember the audience is on your side. 90% of the time, the audience is always rooting for you to succeed.

7. Do breathing exercises. I’ll explain this later further in details.

8. Listen to your favorite music or to songs that calm your nerves. For some speakers, the sound of nature is very calming like birds chirping or sound of the ocean.

9. Visualization. Every great person, athlete, performer out there visualizes the kind of outcome they want to experience and  this applies to you too.

10. Body Movement. Shake those hands  and feet and wiggle that body of yours. This will warm you up and and relax your mind and your nerves.

11. Body Movement, Pt. II. You can do some shadow boxing too or some push ups.

12. Do Sit-Ups. The most effective way to utilize this approach prior to speaking is to “crunch” and release the abdominal muscles while standing.

13. Put the Pressure Elsewhere. You do this by making your presentation more interactive.

14. Be Caffeine Free. Also, avoid salty food before presenting. They will just make your mouth dry. Try to eat a light meal as well. Eating heavily before a presentation will just worsen the butterflies in your stomach.

15. Utilize Props. By having a properly placed water bottle and well-timed break can draw attention back to the presenter and “reset” the audience.

16. Work on your Open. The first few minutes of your presentation can make or break you so make sure those first few minutes count.

17. The Restroom. Use it 15 mins before you go on stage to warm up, listen to music and gather your thoughts.

18. Anxiety…Interrupted. It’s five minutes before your big presentation and you’re getting all sweaty and anxious. Think of a random number and count backwards… this will interrupt the mounting anxiety in your system.

19. Anxiety…Distracted. If the counting backwards don’t work, recite the alphabet backwards instead. This is still another exercise in thought process disruption.

20. Remember the reality. Experience of various speakers and presenters show that you are always more nervous than you appear so just try to relax and forget about your nerves.

21. Remember the reality, Pt. II. 99.9% of the time, whatever nightmare you envision for your presentation does not always come true.

22. Breathing Exercise # 1:  Three Deep Belly Breaths. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.

23. Breathing Exercise #2: Ujjaiy Breathing – Also known as Oceanic or Victorious Breathing. Just like #22, but here your mouth stays closed.

24. Breathing Exercise #3: Alternate Nostril Breathing Technique. Inhale with your right nostril then exhale with your left nostril then vice versa.

25. Use Notes: Memorization + anxiety = poor performance. Use index cards and memorize only the most important points.

 

For more insights on this matter, please head to: Public Speaking: 25 Tips to Calm Your Nerves