Do you need some tips for presenting? Here are some top tips from PwC employees on how to prepare, practice and deliver a fantastic presentation.
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6 top tips for presenting
- Engage your listeners.
Slides can really help but use sparingly (and remember they’re not necessary unless explicitly asked for). Avoid lots of text or busy diagrams. Presentations should help illustrate your point, not be there to be read out.
Don't read directly from the presentation but do a summary of the key points. For complex subjects write speaker notes that you can read from. Speak slowly and clearly.
- Use templates:
I use presentations frequently, but I hate putting them together from scratch, so I reuse presentations that others have put together as a template. Always seek out corporate style guides and templates.
- Know your audience:
It's key to understand your audience and pitch your presentation accordingly. You can't use the same script for a junior audience when you are presenting to a group of senior management.
- Use real life examples:
People will relate to real life stories and examples so include these to illustrate your points and to bring presentations to life. Use stories or anecdotes to ensure you are engaging the audience and bringing personality into your presentation.
- Tech check:
To make sure you're fully prepared, make sure the tech works before the day as this can make or break a presentation. Particularly over the last year I've seen virtual presentations not delivered well because of poor Wi-Fi or the presenter not understanding which button to press to share slides etc.