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The Art of Great Presentations

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A presentation is a tool for external and internal communication which can be adapted to various speaking situations. Presenting your information clearly and effectively is a key skill to get your …

A presentation is a tool for external and internal communication which can be adapted to various speaking situations. Presenting your information clearly and effectively is a key skill to get your message across.

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  • 1. A presentation is a tool for external and internal communication which can be adapted to various speaking situations Presentation skills are today required in almost every field Selling your product, pitching your business plan and promoting your business at an event may require that you give a presentation Presenting information clearly and effectively is a key skill to get your message or opinion across
  • 2. 9/10presentations are bad
  • 3. CONTENT DESIGN DELIVERY
  • 4. No one can speak well unless he thoroughly understands his subject
  • 5. This is the last opportunity to give the audience something to think about. Make an emotional connection with the audience. Set a theme of your presentation. It can be a story, a question, or a shocking statement. Try to stick to your three most important points. It's more important to engage the audience than to tell them everything you know. Structuring your presentation OPENING BODY CLOSING
  • 6. Good stories have interesting beginnings, engaging content and a clear conclusion Presentation should not only be about arguments Craft a story Try to understand their perspective Knowing the needs of your audience can help you tailor your presentation Research audience
  • 7. CONTENT DESIGN DELIVERY
  • 8. Each presentation is different and should be approached from a different angle
  • 9. It is about how form interacts with function Information needs to be useful and understandable Standard templates may not be suitable for your situation Don’t use use clipart elements Bullet points are for lazy people Don’t use animation effect Design starts at the beginning
  • 10. The more we add, the more diluted and less effective our slides become Create meaningful statistics and graphics. Data slides are not really about data, but are about the meaning of the data By contrasting one object against the other with colour or size, you automatically create attention Use similar elements throughout the design of your presentation
  • 11. Rule of thirds is what photographers use to frame their shots The focus is always on the 4 points where lines meet
  • 12. CONTENT DESIGN DELIVERY
  • 13. Shoulders back and arms at your sides or held in front of your body Hands open or only slightly closed Smile slightly or keep your face neutral Stand at a comfortable distance Make eye contact with one person at a time Open body language
  • 14. Being prepared to answer questions makes you more credible Anticipate challenges to your presentation that might arise Take questions before the end of presentation Keep in mind that you don't need to answer every question Questions and answers
  • 15. Rehearsing does not mean memorisation Memorising your speech can make you sound mechanical You can talk into a mirror or ask a family member to listen Make sure to practise out loud so that you can get a sense of timing Videotaping is the best way to target the areas where you can improve Practice, practice and practice some more
  • 16. Make your theme clear and consistent. Refer back to it and the audience will respond positively Leave your audience with something to think about Use strong words and be passionate The feeling after your speech has inspired people is amazing and worth the effort
  • 17. RESOURCES Brian Chandra: Presentation Design 411 www.slideshare.net/brianchandra David Parnell's blog about the psychology of communication www.davidjparnell.com Guidelines for success www.skillsyouneed.co.uk Inc. Magazine's Guide to Communication Skills www.inc.com Lisa Braithwaite's blog about effective communication www.coachlisab.blogspot.com slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations Presentation designed by Joris Hoogendoorn from The Noun Project Lecturer designed by Lissette Arias from The Noun Project

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