Being able to write, create and deliver a presentation is an important employability skill.
- Make your presentation visual. Avoid using lengthy sentences and instead use images, charts, graphs or videos to catch your audience’s attention.
- Show passion. The most important thing about a presentation is to connect with your audience and to show you care about the topic you are talking about.
- Start strong. The first two minutes of your presentation are crucial, you need to grab your audience’s attention. Remember to always introduce yourself.
- Make eye contact. You might feel nervous but making eye contact will build-up rapport with your audience and help them to connect with you and your presentation.
- Smile. By smiling you will feel less nervous and it will help your audience relax too.
- Tell stories. Avoid overcrowding your presentation with facts and numbers, instead use stories that will help your audience to engage and relate with your message.
- The rule of three. Studies have shown that people will remember three things from your presentation. Build your presentation around your three most important points.
- Practise. The more confident and comfortable you are with your ideas the better you will come across.
- Speak slowly. When you are nervous you will be tempted to speak quickly. Take a few deep breaths before you start and remember to pause.
- Prepare answers to expected questions. Although you can’t predict what questions you will be asked, it’s a good idea to think of answers to expected questions ahead of the presentation.