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Killer Presentation Skills Tips

Presentation Skills - Such a simple topic that everyone thinks they know how to do it but very few do it so effectively that can be appreciated by audience. I have given numerous presentations varying from small groups to large audiences internationally. This presentation is prepared based upon my experience of what one should take care to deliver a highly effective presentation. Stick to basics and you will surely make the most effective presentation!

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Killer Presentation Skills Tips

  1. 1. Killer Presentation Skills Tips Harshul Shah Managing Director CrossShore Solutions, India www.CrossShoreSolutions.com
  2. 2. Agenda • Today we will cover – Preparing the presentation – Rehearse – Delivering the presentation – Common Pitfalls! – Cheat Sheet – Q & A
  3. 3. Preparation Prepare and OrganizePrepare and Organize
  4. 4. Content Preparation • Understand the topic first • Study your topic thoroughly • Decide 3 to 5 Key points • Align with your audience • What do they need to know? • Why do they need to know?
  5. 5. Structure • Keep it crispy and concise • Start with BANG – Visual Aid – Story – Question – Humor • Opening, message, summary • Close with BANG
  6. 6. Content • The slides aren’t the Presentation Slides shouldn’t say everything you will! Plenty of content leads no where.
  7. 7. Slides Preparation Techniques • Keep it simple. Minimize the “noise” in your message! • Use bullet points, not long sentences • 6 words per line, 6 lines per slide • Make sure it is readable • Use visual cues
  8. 8. Rehearse
  9. 9. Rehearse - Practice • Practice makes perfect • Inevitably, poor preparation leads to a fumbled opportunity Plenty of preparation prevents poor performance
  10. 10. Rehearse – How to? • 4 Times minimum • At least 1 with family • Rehearse against Clock • Use mirror or video recorder
  11. 11. Delivering...
  12. 12. My Stall – My Space Before you begin, organize your stall.
  13. 13. Delivering the presentation • Speak aloud, clear pronunciation • Modulate the speed • Put down your slides neatly • Use Pointer • Pause… silence is long only for you • Show enthusiasm… If you are not why should the audience be? • Use humor
  14. 14. Timing Always stick to allocated time Leave time for Questions
  15. 15. Body Language • Where do I put my hands • Erect posture • Maintain eye contact • Smile • Congruence • Use your space
  16. 16. Engage • Engage audience every 3-4 minutes • Ask a Question • Help make a Connection • Take a Poll • Use Pen, Paper, Board Source: http://www.slideshare.net/jhaustin/presentation-tips
  17. 17. Attention & Pacing • Average 1 minute maximum per slide • Better to rotate 2 – 3 slides per minute Source: http://www.slideshare.net/jhaustin/presentation-tips Length of Presentation Minimum Slides Optimum Slides 30 Minutes 20 Slides 60 – 90 Slides 60 Minutes 45 Slides 150 – 180 Slides 2 Hours 90 Slides 300 – 460 Slides
  18. 18. Handling Questions • Straight answers • Relay • Ricochet • Reverse
  19. 19. Are You Nervous? • If you are not nervous, there’s something wrong! • Stand up! Head up! Speak up! • Smile • Be a light house The only way to minimize nervousness is to be thoroughly prepared.
  20. 20. Common Pitfalls!
  21. 21. Teleprompting People tend to put every word they are going to say on their PowerPoint slides. Although this eliminates the need to memorize your talk, ultimately this makes your slides crowded, wordy and boring. You will loss your audience's attention before you even reach the bottom of your...
  22. 22. Teleprompting Continued) ... First slide
  23. 23. Attack Jargons with Revenge 1st Form (42 words) Results from a survey show that two teachers out of ten have a working knowledge of how to operate the Hewlett Packard computer and inject printer. The same number of teachers has knowledge about available computer software for teaching written language skills. 2nd Form (16 words) 20% of teacher surveyed can: •- Operate HP computers & Printers •- Use software to teach writing skills Publication Format  Presentation Format 
  24. 24. Spelling Mistakes Many people do not run spel cheek before there presentation – BIG MISTAK!!! Nothing makes you lok stupder than speling erors
  25. 25. Bullet Points • Avoid • Excessive • Bullet-Pointing. • Only • Bullet • Key • Points. • Too • Many • Bullet-Points • And • Your • Key • Messages • Will • Not • Stand • Out.
  26. 26. Too Many Levels • What it is worst – Too many bullet point levels are shown • Type size gets smaller and smaller – Until it is utterly unreadable » Made it difficult to read even for audience from first row.
  27. 27. Color Scheme Gone Wrong Clashing color scheme can lead to Distraction Confusion
  28. 28. Is Less More? Your audience will retain more information and use it more effectively if you reduce extraneous text and information
  29. 29. Cheet Sheet • Prepare worthy content • Rehearse well – Practice more • Deliver effectively • Deliver in time • Less is more • Be consistent • Make your point
  30. 30. Final Message! Burning desire to share is more important than skills of presentation!
  31. 31. Thank You You can get a copy of this presentation @ www.crossshoresolutions.com/blog/presentations www.slideshare.com/CrossShoreSolutions Its an Open House Now! Questions!

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