3 tips to rock your next presentation

Published by | Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

3 tips to rock your next presentation

Here are three simple tips to help give you confidence and rock the room at your next presentation or speech—whether you’re asking your audience to invest in your idea, support your team’s project, or give you their business.

1. Craft a story
Present a clear problem with a compelling solution, and put your audience at the intersection of the two, bridging the gap for them. For example, let’s say an accounting firm booked fewer clients in July than in June, and needs its CEO to approve a sales plan to reverse the trend in August. How could that plan be communicated to the CEO as a story, telling him how he can achieve his broader goals for the company?

Discover what makes a good story in Lisa Cron’s Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story:

2. Build a thoughtful slide deck
Know your story and your goals so well that you’re presenting ideas with poise and conviction. In the best presentations, you’ve given thought to what your audience needs, the facts and figures, the room you’ll be presenting in, and the best way to inspire action with your visuals and delivery.

Check out a movie on setting up your deck for maximum impact, from Designing a Presentation with Justin Seeley:

3. Leave them inspired and wanting more
Rather than ending with a flat thank-you to light applause, close your presentation or speech by rousing your audience to action or giving them the chance to interact with you. Take a look at Laura Bergells’ Public Speaking Fundamentals video on closing strong:

The best presentations speak directly to the heart, taking each audience member on a personal and meaningful journey. If you’re eager to make presenting a core skill in your repertoire, take the challenge to speak in front of a group once a month. You might offer to represent your team or department more often at meetings, or to share ideas across your organization and beyond. Happy presenting!

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2 Responses to “3 tips to rock your next presentation”

  1. Hero Romaero says:

    Nice post about 3 tips to rock your next presentation! Very helpful and informative. Thanks from Mobile Marketing ….

  2. Alvaro Arreortua Parga says:

    Hi! This is Alvaro from Mexico.
    I’ve been studying business presentations for many years. I’ve read books and watched videos. I’ve talked to several instructors and what I came to realize is that there are three important things to make an effective presentation.That is: One, you have to have a good knowledge of the software you’re using; such as powerpoint. Two, you need to have experience in design concepts. And three, you need to have some skills in presenting, namely, how you work with the room for the people.

    Here are a few tips for those interested in business presentations:

    1.- Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. This is the most important thing you can do before you get the presentation. If you are not prepared, you are going to be nervous. Take the time and get ready in advance and give the presentation to someone else.

    2.-Test your slide show on other computers. Just to make sure your presentations renders correctly and looks exactly as you expect to look.

    3. Save your slideshow in multiple copies and formats. If you back up your presentations and a nasty surprise crop out you will be prepared with one file that will work.

    4. Make eye contact with the audience.

    5. Touch the screen. What this does is integrates you, the presentor, with the screen instead of the screen and you being enteraly separate entities. It takes the focus off the slides and put it back on you as the presenter.

    Alvaro Arreortua

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