Here are some proven tips on how to control your butterflies and give better presentations:
1. Know your materialPick a topic you are interested in. Know more about it than you include in your speech. Use humor, personal stories and conversational language – that way you won’t easily forget what to say.
2. Practice. Practice. Practice!Rehearse out loud with all equipment you plan on using. Revise as necessary. Work to control filler words; Practice, pause and breathe. Practice with a timer and allow time for the unexpected.
3. Know the audienceGreet some of the audience members as they arrive. It’s easier to speak to a group of friends than to strangers.
4. Know the roomPreparation research -non-research format -speak on what you know -Notes- outline main points -note cards vs. full sized paper
5. RelaxI. Introduction ThesisII. Body support argumentsIII. Conclusion review
6. Visualize yourself giving your speechPractice - practice makes perfect - revision - get time right
7. Realize that people want you to succeedPresence -nervousness- fright is common -Body language -voice tone -gestures -eye contact -positive attitude
8. Don’t apologizeRead directly from notesRead directly from screenTurn back on audienceSlouch, hands in pocketsNo um, ah, you know’sNo nervous gesturesTalk too fast,Talk too quietly
9. Concentrate on the message Eye contact Can glance at notes Appropriate gestures Rhetorical questions to involve audience
10. Gain experienceKnow the room- become familiar with the place of presentationKnow the audience- greet or chat with the audience before hand. It’s easier to speak to friends than to strangersKnow your material-increased nervousness is due to un- preparedness