Effective Presentations: Hints for effective delivery

Effective Presentations: Hints for effective delivery

Effective Presentations: Hints for effective delivery

Here is a simple list of seven good points that will help you deliver a great presentation, whatever your comfort level might be.

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  1. Don’t script your whole presentation word for word.  You will lost eye contact and people will wish you had just given them a copy of the script and let them read it for themselves in the comfort of their own environment.
  2. If you aren’t confident given your presentation with a script at least learn to skim and scan.  Again, practice, practice, practice, and you will learn it then be able to look directly at your audience to deliver.
  3. Slide your pages across rather than flipping them over.  It is quieter and less intrusive.
  4. Use colour on your notes.  It makes it easier to pick up your next point.
  5. If you lose your place, or forget what’s next, pause and repeat your last point.  But don’t say “…and as I just said, blah blah blah…’.  If you signal it like this, people wonder why you’re saying it again.  If you don’t signal it, they tend to assume you’re repeating the point for emphasis.  That gives you time to find your place.  If you still can’t find it, look at them and smile, then look down until you find it.  They pause always seems much longer to you than it does to the audience.
  6. If you are quoting or reading someone else’s work or words, hold up the piece of paper with the quote and read from it directly.  This adds authority to the quote – besides making it easier for you to read.
  7.  Use colour to code places you wish to introduce a visual, i.e. a red dot in the margin indicates it’s time to display PowerPoint etc.