Presentation skills are as diverse as we are ourselves. And I love this! It is what defines our speaking style and brand. Still, no matter your presentation style, I want to share a few fundamental presentation tips that that I know you will love (and that you can put into action right away!).
TO MASTER ANY PRESENTATION:
• PROJECT YOUR VOICE
• USE GESTURES FOR EMPHASIS
• KEEP IT INTERESTING
• DON’T APOLOGIZE FOR YOURSELF
• LOVE (YOUR SUBJECT & PRESENTING ITSELF)
1. Project Your Voice
When presenting, you definitely don’t want to shout. This will scare people. Still, you should project your voice, find a comfortable vocal tone, and enunciate so that your message is clear, crisp, and pleasant to listen to.
2. Use Gestures For Emphasis
Throughout your presentation, think about opportune times to gesture for emphasis or to get your audiences’ attention.
3. Keep It Interesting
Whether you are using slides, images, or simply speaking off the cuff, be sure to keep your audience interested and engaged. Use compelling visuals, walk around, interject some easy, natural humor – variety and visual and auditory relief are key!
4. Don’t Apologize For Yourself
This is one of my favorite principles, in business and in life. While it is incredibly important to apologize if you have done someone wrong, you should never apologize for yourself. Do not make apologies for who you are. And this is especially important when presenting. If you stumble over a word, make an error, forget what you hoped to say next, do not apologize! Instead, talk it through with your audience (“you know, I was going to say something particular here and it has completely slipped my mind . . . .”) and then keep going!
The best presenters love doing it. And they love the topic they are presenting on. Make sure this is true for you before you present. And remember, love of presenting is a state of mind. If you have been asked to present but you are fearful, anxious or would otherwise not choose to do so if you had not been asked, work on your mindset first. Tell yourself that you are excited to speak. Visualize the positive reaction of your audience in the aftermath. Acknowledge your reservations and work past them. Tell yourself that on the day of the presentation, you will not be nervous, but strong, powerful, effective. And you will be!
Join me as you foster your bold and brilliant voice!