What do you think of when you hear the word “presentations”?
If you are like most people, you start to get sick to your stomach as you might associate it with public speaking or some serious business initiative. They can be unnerving and downright scary even for people who are experienced in delivering presentations – like sales people, but like most things there are tricks and tips to executing on them successfully.
Success can be found in how you 1) Build the power point deck and 2) how you deliver it. In the sense of speaking and communicating it to an audience.
Recently, we were featured in a post with other career experts and shared some tips on how to deliver top-notch presentations. See LINK near bottom of this post.
“If you loosen the crowd up, they will enjoy it more and you will become more comfortable and confident in your delivery. I teach others to think of their performance like they want to win an academy award – sell it, not just the content on the slides.” – John Waite
Believe it or not, mastery of presentations will DEFINITELY help you with interviewing, too. It’s NOT just a tool for salespeople or budding entrepreneurs. Everyday career dwellers putting themselves out there – going for their dream job and next step in their careers – are doing a presentation (of sorts) for the interviewers. You have a set of tidbits and bullet points you are always eager to get across to the interviewer, right?
Be Denzel. Be Charlize. Most importantly, be you…
Last call. BEARY important.
Don’t want to spill too much here (get it… spill? Last call?), so please visit the article (bottom of page) and get some great advice to help your entrepreneurial endeavor (Perhaps pitching to a VC firm?) or upcoming client or sales meeting, as examples. With the latter, be careful to not turn it into a monologue. Understand your clients needs. In order to do that, it has to be a two-way dialogue. Many companies make this mistake, but make sure a “PowerPoint presentation” serves the purpose. Serves THEIR purpose and agenda, not yours.
Here are a few other things to keep in mind with presentations (from our perspective):
- They shouldn’t be boring. Not too many pictures or charts… ZZZ ZZZ ZZZ
- It IS okay to move your hands or use gestures. In the past, this wasn’t widely accepted but for some it helps them relax. Just make sure it doesn’t take the audience’s attention off of the content and material – You know, don’t start break dancing on the table or dancing or anything like that; smaller arm movements
- Limit funky animation – the PowerPoint is just a mechanism to convey information
- Make the presentation interactive and inclusive
- Practice makes perfect! Do you have a cat or dog or even pet pig at home? Practice on them. Also, practice WITH distractions. Turn on the TV, and create other disruptive situations so you are prepared for it when it’s your time to shine.
It WILL happen. Someone new entering the room, when you are 10 minutes in. Someone’s cell phone ringing. People whispering to each other. Equipment not working.
Ready for some great presentation advice?
You have to perform. You have to look comfortable to make them comfortable. Now the words of wisdom we impart on Adrienne’s site (see disclaimer just below) will have better context. Let us know what you think!
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What else has made you successful? Do you have any tips or tricks?