8 Keys to a Great Presentation

March 6, 2015 by  

Just the thought of public speaking makes many people quake in their boots. However there are some simple keys that can ensure a successful presentation.

If you employ the following tips you can be a star!

1. Know what you want to say: focus on the main concepts you wish to impart and develop them clearly

2. Believe in what you are saying: if you do not believe in what you are telling your audience they will not find you convincing and may not become engaged.

3. Be convincing: choose language and examples that will resonate with your audience

4. Be compelling: vary your pace, format and voice volume to retain the attention of your listeners

5. Provide valuable, usable & timely information: if you are sharing beneficial concepts and ideas your audience will be appreciative of your expertise

6. Be yourself: a natural, comfortable speaking style will make your audience relaxed, creating an atmosphere more conducive to retentive learning

7. Keep your eyes on your audience: make direct eye contact with as many participants as you can, so that the individuals will feel you are speaking directly to them….you will be more likely to retain their attention using this technique

8. Practice, Practice, Practice!! The best presenters practice the most…the more familiar you are with your material, the more confident you will feel and the more convincing and engaging you will be.

Public speaking can actually be fun, but without proper preparation it is very difficult to be effective.

Hone your personal style, wear a smile and just “fake it ‘til you make it!”

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