How to improve your Presentation Skills

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How to become an ACE PRESENTER Improving your presentation skills and curb the fear of public speaking.

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<ul><li> 1. Designed and Developed by Poulome Nath1</li></ul> <p> 2. What is the best presentation you havebeen to?Why was it so good? Answer these two questions on thenotepadYou have 2 minutes for this exercise2 3. What is the worst presentation you havebeen to?Why was it so bad?Answer these two questions on thenotepadYou have 2 minutes for this exercise3 4. Get into small groups of between 3 and 5 Each tell the rest of your group about theworst and best presentation you have seen. Be careful to explain why it was sogood/badYou have 10 minutes for this exercise4 5. Recognition of our abilityYour chance to differentiate It is all about sales5 6. Analyzing youraudienceConstructing amessage/ideaCreating aS-P-Q-R structurePutting it onthe cardsAdding SpiceDesigningvisualsWinning youraudience!!!6 7. Preparation needs to be made in thesethree areas:MaterialAudienceYourself7 8. Why are you making this presentation?What take away do you want for your audience?What do you want them to do?How long will the presentation last?What visual aids will you use?8 9. How many will be there?What is their status range?How does your material and message relate to youraudience?Do they know about the product/service?How much more do they need to know?9 10. Many presentations fail, not becausethe presenter is weak, but because thematerial is disorderly.Communicate the shape of yourthinkingKeep it simpleAvoid Jargons10 11. Identifying the core ideaArranging your ideas logicallyDeveloping an appropriate styleRemembering your ideasDelivering your ideas with words, visualcues and non-verbal behaviour11 12. People will only be persuaded by ideas that interestthem.Here is a simple four point structure will help youengage with your audienceSituation Problem Question Response12 13. Adapt the following pyramid:Engage with theaudienceState the situation thataudience wants to hearMOREAppreciate their point of viewStart with a familiar subject/situation13 14. Your product/service is your situation. Your presentationshould solve the following PROBLEMSomething hasgone wrongSomething could change(upgrade)Something haschangedSomething newhas arisen14 15. The problem causes the listener to ask questions.Situation Stable Agreed Status QuoProblem Something has gonewrong Something couldchange Something haschanged Something new hasarisenQuestion What do we do? How do weprepare for it? How do weadjust to it? What can we do?15 16. Your response or answer to theQuestion is your message.(The message should naturallyemerge as the logical and powerfulanswer to the Question raised in thelisteners mind by the Problem!)16 17. Most people follow the famous Tell em principle:Tell them what you are going to tell emTell emTell them what you have told em17 18. Introduce yourselfAcknowledge the audienceExpress your objective /message clearlyState the scheduleRules and RegulationsAny Housekeeping itemsAt the end, Re-iterate the objective/messageThank the Audience for their attention18 19. Put your idea on cards.Number the cards sequentially.Include the followingWhat you MUST sayWhat you SHOULD say to support your main ideaWhat you COULD say , if you have time19 20. Exciting presentations bring ideas alive!The following will add spiceIMAGESEXAMPLESSTORIESHUMOUR (be very careful, no to hurt someones sentiments)20 21. Visual aid is there to help you and not toSUBSTITUTE you.Be very careful with visual aids.Follow the 6*6*6 RULE, when using words inslidesNot more than 6 lines of text in any slideNot more than 6 words on any lineText should be visible from a laptop screenfrom 6 meters(Font size of about 24pts.21 22. Rehearsing is REALITY check.Be aware of time check.Rehearse in front of a mirror.Consider each presentation as brand new.Well rehearsed presenters focus on relationship withaudience.Rehearsals will give you freedom to improvise.22 23. EYE CONTACTYour FACEGESTURESMOVEMENTLOOKING AFTER YOURSELF23 24. You speak more with your EYES than your voice.Look at the audiences eyes throughout the presentation.Avoid focusing on only one person.Looking at the audiences eye, shows that you areCONFIDENT and know your SUBJECT MATTER.24 25. SMILING will help you win over your audience.A smiling presenter always has an edge over others.Smile shows you are happy to be there .It adds warmth to your personality.Which of these two presenters will make a better impact?25 26. Too much or too littlegesture? Which one isbetter?Keep your gestures open.Do not cross your armsDo not put your handsbehind your backDo not put your hands inpockets too much.No pointing fingers.26 27. Movement is the most tricky of them all.Should you stand still or move about theroom?Moving about the room is a good option.Do not rock on you feet .Avoid swaying your body from time totime.You may also pat your audience , whenthey respond positively.27 28. Poor Grooming detracts from what youhave to say and can impede your ability tobuild relationships with others.Keep your hair neatly trimmed andarranged.Always maintain fresh breath.Always use deodorant and a strongantiperspirant.Keep nails neatly trimmed, filed, andclean at all time.28 29. Decide when to take questions.Anticipate the most likely questions.Answer honestlyTake questions from the whole audienceAnswer the whole audience.If you dont know, say so29 30. End With A Bang, Not With A Whimper!It should bring your presentation full circle .It should reinforce your key messages.People tend to recall best what they hear last.So prepare and rehearse your conclusion with special care.Consider how you can make your conclusion memorable both insubstance and delivery.30 31. 31 32. Improve your CommunicationSkills by Alan BarkerPresentation Skill by Karen Petriehttp://totalcommunicator.com/vol3_5/concluding.html32 33. 33Contact:poulome.nath@englishseekho.info </p>