1. Smile , Stay relaxed and make eye contact
Isn’t it what we all have been taught while giving presentations in our schools/colleges!
It seems to be one of the most basic fundamentals of giving presentations but still many of us miss it.
Making eye contact with the audience showcases your confidence and brushes off nervousness.
When you do this the audience can connect with you on a deeper level and thus the level at which they understand you grow better as well.
If you don’t look into the eyes of the person be it a single person or a group of persons the conversation doesn’t turn out to be effective.
Thus for good communication and proper spreading of the message you wish to spread first and foremost you have to make good eye contact with the audience.
The nervousness that holds you from doing so can be brushed off with practice. So keep on practising till you feel confident enough to make good eye contact with the audience.
2. Keep the timing in check
Undoubtedly, we have been among the audience and we all know how it feels when a presentation stretches for too long!
The spans of boredom begin to occur making us lose all the focus we once had towards the presentation.
So beware of speaking out for long spans of time.
This will make the audience lose interest in whatever you are saying. Deliver your message briefly and don’t keep skirting around the issue.
Ignore any extra issue that doesn’t have any good relevance with the topic you are discussing.
Thus, confine your presentation to the brief but relevant discussion over a long one that turns out to be irrelevant.
3. Add a touch of humour
Who doesn’t love a good amount of laughter and you can use this point in your presentations to make them more effective.
Like a touch of coriander adds delicacy to a recipe, the touch of humour adds charm to the presentation eliminating boredom and increasing the interest of the audience in the presentation.
This also makes the audience become comfortable with you helping you connect with them on a better level.
4. Prepare well for the questions that could be asked from you
Rehearse your presentation, and try to find out different questions that could be asked of you.
For this practice your presentation as if you yourself are a part of the audience and you know very less or nothing about the topic of presentation.
This approach will help you find out where the audience can get struck and questions can pop up in their minds.
Thus, by following this tip you will be equipped with good answers to their questions beforehand, that will lead to your presentation being a success.
5. Attach suitable data and images
Facts and figures presented in a presentation leave a great impact on the audience this is because when you present something with the help of facts you and figures you are presenting proof or evidence regarding what you are saying, be it the statistics related to some problem or what so ever these two things are always of great help.
So, use facts and figures but keep in mind not to use too much of them as a lot of numbers can make the presentation seem boring to the audience.
Presenting facts can be made interesting by telling certain stories associated with them.
Maintain a fine balance between everything and you will end up giving a great presentation.
Now, are you wondering why the use of images is important?
The answer is already known to you because it is said that human eyes respond differently to colours and thus coloured things capture people’s attention.
Furthermore, a lot of text presented altogether makes the audience feel bored, so if a balanced mixture of text and pictures is presented, the audience won’t lose focus and will definitely pay heed to what you are saying.
6. Instil the minds of the audience to think
The results of a presentation are far better if rather than just telling the things to the audience, you provoke them to think.
Now the question is how to do so?
This can be done if you ask meaningful questions at the beginning of your presentation which must be based on things that will make the audience realise the importance of the topic you are going to present in your presentation.
Minds are meant to think and when they think they get involved in the matter.
So involve the audience, let them think and fly off the presentation with flying colours.
7. Body Language
First and foremost ever before the audience gets to see the presentation, they see you.
You display everything about yourself through your body language.
You need to keep certain things in mind regarding the same as:
* Stand with your back and head straight.
* Do not stand in front of the projector
* Smile more often
* Keep your voice tone neither too high nor too low.
* Dress up in a proper and presentable.
These are certain body language tips you can follow to grab the attention of the audience.
8. Show up a spark of your passion
Drive the audience to the presentation by making a show of your passion and enthusiasm for the topic you are about to present.
The energy of one person can lift the energy of everyone who comes in contact with that person.
Display your energy in such a manner that it brings forth how passionate you are about what you are presenting.
If you yourself don’t seem passionate, how can you think for igniting interest in your audience!
We hope after reading this, you would be feeling much more confident and would be ready to ace your next presentation.