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If you are unprepared as a speaker, it shows. You must take the time to know your topic and to rehearse your presentation until you are comfortable with it. If you are unprepared, you will look unprofessional. Allow plenty of time to start planning and preparing your presentation and then practice, practice, practice!
KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a presenter is not meeting the needs of your audience. Do not talk over people’s heads, but don’t be too simplistic either. Always write your presentation with your audience in mind and avoid being ‘speak-centred’.
GET THE CONTENT RIGHT
Often presenters have an interesting topic that is difficult to follow. Be clear in your purpose and focus. Make sure that your major points support that purpose. People cannot digest information if you give them too much at once, so give them a condensed version.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
If you don’t have faith in your ability to get your message across, how can you expect your audience to listen to you and believe in what you say? The fact you have been chosen to make a presentation means others believe you can do it. Trust them.
MANAGE YOUR NERVES
If you are nervous before making a presentation, do not worry you are not alone. Everyone, even the world’s top speakers, get some nerves before standing up in front of an audience. Presentation nerves are natural. If you are well prepared you will feel more in control. Remember to relax your body, breathe deeply, relax your voice, smile and enjoy it!
MAKE IT MEMORABLE
Even if your subject matter is serious or ‘dry’ you want your audience to remember your message. Project your voice, speak clearly, vary the pace, use descriptive language and remember the power of silence. Engage with your audience if you want them to stay focused for longer and remember what you say. Use visuals (pictures, graphs etc.) and handouts to create interest.