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Presentation skills by sohail ahmed


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Presentation skills by sohail ahmed

  1. 1. PRESENTATION SKILLS Sohail Ahmed M.A English Literature
  2. 2. OBJECTIVES FOR TODAY• By the end of the session, participants will be able to… • utilize eye contact, body language and voice to their advantage in a presentation, • apply the 3 A’s in preparing content for a presentation, • develop visual aids that reflect good instructional design properties, and • respond to questions in an effective manner.SOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 2
  3. 3. PRESENTATIONS SKILLS• Your presentations skills are just as important as the information you are presenting. This guide will help you prepare for a presentation and polish your speaking skills for a successful pitch. • Lets Hit the PresentationSOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 3
  4. 4. PODIUM PANIC• For some people, the thought of giving a presentation is more frightening than falling off a cliff, financial difficulties, snakes and even death.SOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 4
  5. 5. DEALING WITH PODIUM PANIC• Audiences are forgiving• Nervousness is usually invisible• Be yourself• Practice deep breathing/ visualization techniques• Begin in your comfort zoneSOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 5
  6. 6. DEALING WITH PODIUM PANIC, CONT.…• Check out the room in advance• Concentrate on the message• Begin with a slow, well prepared intro; have a confident and clear conclusion• Be prepared and practiceSOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 6
  7. 7. EYE CONTACT• Never let them out of your sight.• Looking them in the eye makes them feel that they are influencing what you say.SOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 7
  8. 8. BODY LANGUAGE Yes & Yes• You Must a Cool Body Language• Giving the proper Gesture• Understand the EnvironmentSOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 8
  9. 9. BODY LANGUAGE NO-NO’s• Lean on or grip the podium• Stand immobile• Use a single gesture repeatedly• Cross your arms in front of your chest• Use obviously practiced or stilted gestures• Chew gum or eat candySOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 9
  10. 10. VOICE • Speech • Rate of speech • Pronunciation • Volume • Vocalized • Pitch or tone pauses • Emphasis • Substandard grammarSOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 10
  11. 11. PREPARING CONTENT 3 A’s• Analyze your AUDIENCE.• Define what ACTION you want them to take.• Arrange your ARGUMENT to move them.SOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 11
  12. 12. ANALYZE YOUR AUDIENCE• What are their names, titles, backgrounds, reasons for attending, etc…?• What are their big concerns?• What are their objectives, fears, hot buttons, and attitudes?• How much detail do they need?SOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 12
  13. 13. DEFINE WHAT ACTION• What action do you want the audience to take?• Define it in terms of the audience.• What will they feel, believe, and do after hearing your talk?SOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 13
  14. 14. ARRANGING YOUR ARGUMENT1. Shake hands with the audience.2. Get to the point.3. Present your theme.4. Develop your agenda point by point.5. Summarize and recommend.SOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 14
  15. 15. Now its time to make a Presentation.SOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 15
  16. 16. VISUAL AIDS• Visual Aids should be very Clear.• Don’t Use DeepsSOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 16
  18. 18. BIG• Should be able to read everything from the back row• At least 28 pt, preferably 36• Use the floor testSOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 18
  19. 19. SIMPLE• No more than 6 lines• No more than 7 to 10 words per lineSOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 19
  20. 20. CLEAR• Use Official Fonts Like, Arial, Cambria , Times New Roman etc.• Colors of Template Should be Clear Blue background with yellow text Black Background with White Text• Avoid overuse of red, shadows, animation and transitionsSOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 20
  21. 21. QUESTIONS & ANSWERS“Does anyone have any questions for my answers?” -Henry KissingerSOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 21
  22. 22. QUESTIONS & ANSWERS• Anticipate lines of questioning• Don’t rank questions• Keep answers brief• Be honest• Avoid negative wordsSOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 22
  23. 23. QUESTIONS & ANSWERS• Don’t repeat negative questions• Clarify question• Move your eyes off questioner• If negative, end your response focused on somebody elseSOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 23
  24. 24. THE RULE• NEVER argue with a member of the audience.SOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 24
  25. 25. INSTEAD…• Look at the questioner.• Remain neutral and attentive.• Listen to the whole question.• Pause before you respond.• Address the questioner, then move your eyes to others.SOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 25
  26. 26. EASY AS A B C• “I can’t Answer that question Because …, but I Can tell you…”SOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 26
  27. 27. • “Better to keep your mouth shut and appear ignorant than open it and remove all doubt.” -Mark TwainSOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 27
  28. 28. “Make sure you have finishedspeaking before your audience hasfinished listening.” -Dorothy SarnoffSOHAIL AHMED, M.A ENGLISH LITERATURE 28