Most presentations go bad because the presenter didn’t design or prepare well enough. Most presentation do not capture or connect because they are boring or lack and memorable message. I have learned many techniques from my presentation coaching with actual clients. So the next time you are designing or preparing a presentation don’t start with a blank Powerpoint slide, instead review these tips to jog your memory of what is important in crafting and delivering a audience focused presentation. I have found these ideas so helpful I’m going to elevate them to my 10 Commandments of Great Presentations for a hand-out at my next seminar.
The Presenter’s Playbook for Success
- Embrace the challenge of the presentation and opportunity to show your best.
- Trust and believe in your message and ability to deliver it in a memorable way.
- Get out of worrying about acceptance and results and into the process of connecting with the audience
- Be audience-centered and focused not self-centered and arrogant. Meet the audience needs and expectations. Make audience members feel important.
- Be prepared to accept surprises and be confident that nothing will upset you on the platform.
- Learn to be flexible, open and ready to respond by reading your audience and listening for non-verbal feedback.
- Don’t just “wing it” learn to enjoy planning, design and deliberative practice. Make yourself and message memorable–Be the buzz during the “coffee break”.
- Love your message and audience–don’t effort or try so hard to be accepted and the smartest person in the room. Be approachable and authentic by playing to your natural strengths.
- Respect audience attention span and learning capacity.–Don’t over whelm them with facts, charts and numbers. Focus on one important thing and keep the message clear, concise and compelling. Support message with a great story that is relevant to your message and audience needs.
- Remember — Perfection is a killer to spontaneity. So work on being present in the moment and have fun doing it. Be your own best friend.
Follow these rules and see your presentation leap to a new level of connecting with the audience.