How To Give Presentations


Giving a great presentation can be very difficult if you don’t know how to go about it. It can strike fear into the heart of even the most experienced people. It takes courage and boldness to stand up in front of an audience and deliver a well-structured and captivating talk. Most of us at one time or another has experienced the panic, sweaty palms, blank minds and fluctuating voice.
Being able to cope with presentations is a very valuable skill to exhibit as a speaker and also as an individual. There are many real benefits and as you gain experience in giving presentations, you will probably find that it becomes less a worry and even enjoyable.

STEP 1- PRACTICE

Practice whenever you want to give a speech to your audience. Practice as much as you need to make sure that you are very familiar with your speech and allow plenty of time for rehearsal before the event. Don’t panic if your mind goes blank when you start off; keep calm, go back to the beginning and start again.  At some points you may feel you will never get it right, stay calm and you will find a rhythm that puts you back on track. Avoid changing your speech at the last minute, it will just give you more stress that you don’t need.

Always make sure you have clear objectives for your presentation and know what you want to say. Find out all you need to know about your audience, this will help you deliver your presentation well. Also believe in what you’re saying; if you look unhappy and unsure about the message you’re passing across your audience will pick it up. Prepare, plan and practice thoroughly.

STEP 2- INTRODUCE YOUR PRESENTATION

The introduction to your presentation must be captivating and attract your audience’s attention. A good opening will also boost your own confidence, because if you start well, the rest should follow easily. Plan your opening words carefully; they should be short, sharp and to the point. Let your audience know how long your presentation will take, this will help prepare them to be focused for the period of time you expect to speak.

Let your audience know when you start your presentation if you will be taking questions at the end of your presentation so they can prepare their question before you finish. The closing seconds of your presentation are so crucial do it well. Make sure you close your presentation by summing up the key parts of what you have covered. Don’t speak in a hurry.

STEP 3- DELIBERATE ON YOUR POSTURE AND DELIVERY

Now that you know what you will be saying, it’s time to think about how you can say it best with a good composure. Maintain eye contact and address your audience directly throughout your presentation. Mind your standing posture and gestures without being too self-conscious. Try to keep still and avoid moving around excessively. Don’t play with your pencil, a piece of paper or any items. All these things are distracting for an audience and will mean that they are missing important points you are trying to get across. Always remember that your audience has come to learn something. Try to sound sincere, enthusiastic and authoritative.

If you don’t sound as if you believe in yourself, this will come across to the audience. Think about the way in which you are speaking. Most people need to articulate their words more clearly when addressing an audience. There’s usually no opportunity for the audience to ask you to repeat a word they’ve missed, so aim to sound the vowels and consonants of words clearly.  Think about the expression in your voice too and your facial expressions. Make a dignified exit. Once your speech is over, bow your head that’s a sign of respect and say thank you.

FIGHTING BACK AGAINST NERVES

Being overcome by nerves can be completely exhausting experience that disrupts our ability to communicate well. So these steps will help you fight against nerves.

START OFF WITH SOME POSITIVE THINKING
It’s always hard to be objective when you are very worried about something, so try and change your thinking any way you can to a positive one it’s really the first step on the road to taking charge of yourself. Try to get your imagination under control and instead of seeing yourself getting it all wrong, see yourself succeeding brilliantly.  Your body will follow the information from your mind, so train your mind to be positive.

TAKING A DEEP BREATH
When people get nervous, they panic and speak before thinking. If you ever find yourself in such situation manage your breathing. Most people aren’t particularly good at doing this, but it’s the key to giving you space to observe and hear what’s going on. Don’t rush in, but breathe calmly.

DON’T LET SHYNESS BE AN OBSTRUCTION
If you are naturally a shy person, then public speaking can seem a huge barrier to overcome. One good way of decreasing the fear of public speaking is to think of it as having a conversation, rather than giving a talk. Be friendly, smile, breathe, relax, smile and enjoy the experience as much as you can.

BE CONFIDENT WITH YOUR POSTURES
One of the biggest give away indications of nerves is your posture. Stand up straight with your feet slightly apart; keep your head up, and think generally about taking up as much space you can. When you failure to be well composed with your postures you may end up been reckless and shaking your feet’s and your hands. Be confident, it will give you a positive posture. Don’t hold your arms in front of your body too much. People feeling unsure of themselves will often “protect” themselves, In other words they adopt a posture that protects a vulnerable area.

KEEP YOUR COOL
In normal conversation another element that conveys information (often unconsciously) is the speed at which we talk. Speaking slowly can sometimes indicate that you’re uncertain of what you are saying; speaking fast may show that you’re anxious. Going for the middle ground is much the safest option. (Normal speed)

BE CONCIOUS OF YOUR TONE AND MANNERISMS
The manner in which you speak during your presentation is almost more important than anything else. Try to sound friendly, but not so casual that you lose your authority. At the same time, don’t be too bossy. This is a presentation not a lecture. Also bear in mind that too many ‘’um’’, ‘’errs’’ and hesitations make you sound unprofessional and can also be irritating to listen to. Plenty of rehearsal should solve this issue. Ask someone you trust to listen to you and check that you are not swallowing words (very easy to do when you are nervous). When you practice ask someone to keep an ear out for things like this “as I say”,” basically”, ‘you know’’ they are fine unless they are used to frequently, when they become a distracting mannerism.  You will be so used to saying them, that you won’t notice you are doing it!

MATCH YOUR CLOTHES TO THE OCCASION
Your audience will be making judgments about you long before you even open your mouth. What you wear is therefore your first means of communicating something about yourself, and will help your audience to relate to you…or not. So it’s best to dress in the same sort of way as those you’ll be presenting to. Read HOW TO DRESS FOR DIFFERENT EVENTS

MANAGE THE AUDIENCE
Check that you have somewhere like a table to put your papers, notes, handouts and anything else you have with you. Audience have a very short attention span, most adults cannot concentrate for more than seven to ten minutes. To prevent people from chatting, switching off, or moving around, it’s a good idea to break your presentation into easy section.

Consider this when answering questions- if someone asks you a question and you don’t know the answer, be honest and tell the person that you’ll find out what they need to know and get back to them separately. This will save time and also prevent you from giving an incorrect answer.











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