25 Things You Cannot Afford to Ignore When Presenting

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25 Things You Cannot Afford to Ignore When Presenting

  1. 1. Presentation skills25 things you can’t afford to forget<br />Tips and tools for creating and presenting wide format slides<br />
  2. 2. Objective<br />Start with the End in Mind<br />Define the outcome you want accomplished at the end of your presentation<br />
  3. 3. Audience<br />Understand what your audience expects from you<br />Aligning your message with what they expect would greatly help to achieve your objective<br />
  4. 4. Audience<br />Relate to the Mix<br />Understand your audience mix and keep the message relevant<br />
  5. 5. Audience<br />The Audience Benefit<br />Make sure to pronounce “what’s in it for them” right in the beginning of your presentation<br />
  6. 6. Environment <br />Keep the ambience in mind <br />Is it too hot? Too cold? Too dark? Too bright? Too crowded? Too large?<br />
  7. 7. Environment <br />The Last Man Check <br />If the farthest person can’t hear your speech, move up, get loud<br />
  8. 8. Structure<br />Tell them what you are GOING TO tell them, TELL THEM, tell them what you TOLD THEM<br />
  9. 9. Structure<br />Use the Now-Dream-How approach to deliver an inspiring and motivating message<br />
  10. 10. Structure<br />Use the PREP format if you aim to deliver a persuasive presentation<br />
  11. 11. Structure<br />Use the PREP format if you aim to deliver a persuasive presentation<br />
  12. 12. Structure<br />Use the ‘W’ question format when you aim to deliver a purely ‘informative’ presentation<br />
  13. 13. The Intro<br />Engage : Start with a question to the audience <br />
  14. 14. The Intro<br />Captivate : Start with a ‘wow’ fact or powerful story<br />
  15. 15. The Intro<br />Lighten up : Start with a joke<br />
  16. 16. The Message<br />Use the AIDA process to drive action toward an idea or product<br />
  17. 17. Body Language<br />Eye contact : Keep a balance between scanning the room and making personal eye contact<br />
  18. 18. Body Language<br />Keep a Smart Posture : Stand tall – shoulders wide – feet planted – knees locked<br />
  19. 19. Body Language<br />Hands Gestures : Allow your hands to move naturally – avoid pockets – avoid folding – avoid hiding them behind<br />
  20. 20. Body Language<br />Facial Expressions : Flat face is boring, too much drama is distracting – keep a slightly smiling face with curious eyes<br />
  21. 21. Delivery<br />Pace : 120-160 words per min is average – slow down to generate curiosity, speed up to create excitement<br />
  22. 22. Delivery<br />Pitch : Use low pitch (heavier voice) to convey seriousness and authority and somber attitude – Use high pitch (softer voice) to show heightened emotions like anger, shock, excitement<br />
  23. 23. Delivery<br />Emphasis : Stress upon the words that are critical – number, date, name, deadline, target etc. <br />
  24. 24. Questions<br />Force your audience to ask a question : Assign a few members with the task of asking one question each at the end of your presentation<br />
  25. 25. Questions<br />Don’t know the answer : It is best to acknowledge and pledge to revert if necessary<br />
  26. 26. Practice<br />Make sure your ‘actual’ presentation is NEVER the first time you are delivering that presentation<br />
  27. 27. Widescreen Test Pattern (16:9)<br />Aspect Ratio Test<br />(Should appear circular)<br />4x3<br />16x9<br />

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