We could all use a little pick-me-up when it comes to presenting, no matter how often we do it! So to help you on your way to achieving presentation perfection, we’ve brainstormed 5 quick and simple changes you can make to improve your next presentation.
- Stay hydrated. It sounds so simple, but so many people forget to drink water before a presentation, and added nerves won’t help your vocal chords!
- Think happy thoughts. So you’ve come to accept that your presentation subject doesn’t exactly make you burst out into song, and that’s ok. Really, it is. All you need to do is pretend that it does. Picture something that really does make you happy, and it will vastly improve your presentation!
- Practice! There are few things more soul destroying than watching a presentation where the speaker laces every other word with “um”. It doesn’t look professional, and it makes you look like you don’t know what you’re talking about! Take the time to run through what you’re going to say beforehand… Even if you’ve said it before!
- Timings! When we’re nervous we tend to speak a lot quicker than normal, because we’re in a hurry to run back to our comfort zones. What makes it worse is that we know we’re doing it, which causes us to panic and speed up even more! Planning your presentation carefully can really help by increasing your confidence in your own message, and allowing you to gauge timings for your presentation, so you’re not speaking at 90 miles an hour!
- Hands. Where are they? You may not notice what your hands are doing, but your audience definitely will! Fidgeting is one of the worst culprits for making you look nervous and confused, whilst crossed arms make you seem closed off, bored and aggressive. If you have a lectern, move to the side of it so that you can be seen more clearly and aren’t ‘hiding’. Adopt a ‘home’ position for your hands, somewhere relaxed and neutral like at your sides. This gives you a more open appearance and allows for you to gesture and become more animated during the presentation.
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