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How Can I Improve My Presentation Skills in 10 Easy Steps?

Having sat through more presentations that we can count and having had to present our own work and ideas throughout the years, we have learnt a lot about what makes you a good presenter and what doesn’t. Believe it or not, we were once shy and terrified of presentations too. And we have become a whole lot better at it. How? Read our steps below.


1. Prepare!


Research your audience so you can speak their language and also form a connection with them – this keeps them engaged and makes them seem a lot less scary to you. Read around your topic so you’re prepared for any questions that may come up. Also, knowing your topic inside and out gives you a lot more confidence. Practise delivering your presentation and make sure you time yourself to make sure you know what you’re saying and you keep it succinct. Try filming yourself so you can work on any issues you discover.


2. Why are you here anyway?


Before you start presenting, have your desired goal in mind. Do you want to inform, challenge, amuse or educate your audience? Is there one idea you want them to keep in mind after your presentation? Is there something you wish they would start doing after they listen to you? Use this aim to guide everything you say so that it all leads to a logical conclusion without losing focus and boring your audience.


3. Conversation, Not Presentation


Think of the whole situation as a friendly conversation rather than a formal presentation where all the attention is focused on you. This will help you involve your audience through questions, which will take the pressure off you and keep them interested.


4. They Are People Too


Remember that those you are speaking to are people too – so speak to them as you would to your friends. Smile, tell anecdotes and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself (depending on the theme of the presentation). This will make you seem very approachable and people will remember you. Also, nobody wants to be lectured – so try not to lecture and instead discuss the topic.


5. Use Visual Prompts


Make it easier on yourself by using visual prompts – a Powerpoint presentation will help you remember your next point and draw your audience’s attention. Make sure it’s image focused and no slide has more than 1 sentence on it – otherwise you risk not being listened to while your audience reads out your slide. Also, bringing in samples, prototypes or any kind of stuff that your audience can touch, smell, taste or just look at will make you more memorable because you have engaged their other senses as well as their hearing.


6. Don’t Be a Robot


Pick topics you are passionate about. Speak with enthusiasm and no matter what you do, do not read out your presentation! If you want to come across as an expert in your field, you must know it by heart. At the same time, avoid sounding like a robot that has rehearsed the same speech ten times beforehand. You want to sound natural and genuine.


7. Slow Down


The key to a strong presentation is to relax – which can be quite hard to do. To break it down, start by taking a deep breath and slowing down the pace you speak at. This will put you in a ‘relaxed’ mindset and will also put your audience at ease. Remember that you don’t have to tell them everything and that it’s better to do half of it well than to do everything by half. After all, your main purpose should be to raise interest rather than to fully educate.


8. The Grandmother Test


One trick they teach you in architecture school is the grandmother test: if she can understand and feel engaged by your presentation, then others will too. That means using clear language and explaining things as simply as you can. As Einstein said, “If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough” – and neither will your audience.


9. Present All the Time


Turn presentations into something common and familiar by putting yourself in situations where you have to speak to groups of people as often as possible. It’s scary, but you can start small, by practicing with small groups of family and friends or even by making a point of speaking to a person when you’d rather send an email. Eventually, it will become easier and you might even start getting excited about them!


10. It’s Not All Talent


Finally, don’t be intimidated if you’re not naturally good at public speaking – most people aren’t! Great presentations don’t just happen; they take research, planning, and practice. Pay attention to speakers when you are part of the audience and take notes. You can learn just as much from bad speakers as you can from good ones. A good presenter is not one who hopes for talent to magically make it all happen, but one who learns the skills of presentation.


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