One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they forget about rehearsing their presentation. Rehearsing your presentation out loud a minimum of 3 times will give you confidence and ensure you achieve a logical flow between your points.
In many cases, people refer to the PowerPoint slides as the presentation. In my opinion this is a big mistake. When you are presenting, YOU are the protaganist, your slides should be there only to support your verbal messages.
In the presentation and public speaking world, we talk about having ‘presence’. But what exactly does ‘presence’ mean in this context and how do you achieve it?
When you’re speaking in public with presence and gravitas, your audience are engaged with you and your words; you exude calmness, confidence and credibility.
When presenting, we’re often very nervous seeing the audience in front of us, thinking they’re judging us negatively. But the fact is, the audience are really on your side, they want you to do well.
If you try to lead the audience around to your point of view too soon, they will resist because of the reasons above.
When we pace an audience, we let them know we acknowledge what they might be feeling before we attempt to lead them around to our point of view.
In thisTEDX talk, Mark Robinson shows us an excellent technique which combines asking questions and telling stories to deliver an engaging presentation.
Many people go into ‘presentation mode’ when they stand up to speak. They become very serious and ‘professional’ and by doing so, forget to smile as they present. Unless you are giving bad news, remember to smile. Look as though you are enjoying speaking about your topic. This will engage the audience much more than assuming a stiff and serious air.
Presentation Truth # 4 is about making an impact on the audience at the beginning of your presentation.
In this video Janice talks about the importance of the ‘radio station’ WIFM in the context of presenting. WIFM stands fof ‘What’s in It For Me and is the question that every audience member has on their mind as they listen to you. To really engage your audience you need to be constantly answering this question.