Ten Quick Tips for Effective Presentations

Posted on Jan 26 2014 - 9:23pm by IBC News

  1. Talk naturally to your audience – although it may be appropriate to read short passages avoid reading from a script for the majority of your presentation.
  2. Stand, rather than sit, and move around a little – but avoid pacing backwards and forwards like a trapped animal.
  3. Vary the tone, pitch and volume of your voice to add emphasis and maintain the audience’s interest.  Aim to speak loudly and clearly while facing your audience.  Avoid talking in a monotone voice or turning your back to the audience.  See Effective Speaking for more information.
  4. Make eye contact with your audience.  Do not stare at your feet, or the podium and avoid looking directly at any one person for more than a few seconds, gain eye contact with the individual members of the audience.
  5. Use visual aids where appropriate, graphs and charts, diagrams, pictures and video – but don’t overdo it.  Visual aids should help to illustrate and strengthen your points not be a distraction from what you are saying.
  6. Rehearse your talk and check your timings.  Always aim to finish you talk in time remembering to allow time for questions if appropriate.
  7. Prepare and structure your presentation carefully.  Introduce the subject – tell the audience what your talk is about.  Explain the points you wish to convey.  End with a summary of your points.
  8. Stay focused throughout your presentation – avoid irrelevance and unnecessary detail.
  9. Learn to channel any nervous energy, relax but stay alert.
  10. Answer any questions as honestly and concisely as you can.  If you don’t know the answer then say so and offer to provide further information at a later date.
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