Giving the Best Presentation Possible
Presentations. The word alone can bring a lump to our throats, as we imagine having to stand in front of a group of people – acquaintances and strangers alike – to be judged on our ideas. But not to worry.
Public speech is a common fear amongst many of us, but when it is a necessary part of your career progression, there are a few simple things that you can do to help calm the situation and prepare you to give the best presentation possible. Here are just a couple for you to consider.
Get to Grips with Microsoft Powerpoint
While you may not have used Microsoft Powerpoint before, you really should learn how to use it at least on a basic level if you’re planning on giving a presentation. This clever presentation software is an indispensable favourite amongst students, lecturers, and business people – and once you see what it does, it’s not hard to see why. The programme uses a graphical approach to create slideshow slides that can be used as a brilliant accompaniment to any speech or talk. This gives your audience to focus on rather than staring directly at you while you’re talking, alleviating pressure and consequent anxiety. It also serves as an opportunity to give brief snippets of information that they can take notes from. Slides can be plain and simple or elaborate and complex. There are options to include images, music, video links, and HTML links to further references, so you can quite literally show your audience what you’re talking about. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to use it initially. You can download it and take courses for Powerpoint, which will help you to give multimedia-rich presentations that can help to communicate whatever message it may be that you’re trying to get across.
Turn Up Early
When the day of the presentation arrives, make sure to turn up early. First of all, nobody wants to turn up late. It means rushing through the door, having to apologise to everyone who’s been waiting, and starting off with a generally bad impression while feeling flustered and overwhelmed. Your head won’t be in the right place and your presentation is likely to come across as jumbled and badly thought out. However, arriving on time isn’t quite enough either. You want to get there early as you never know whether there might be problems when you arrive at the location of your presentation that might cause delays. You might turn up to the building and not be able to find the room. Arriving early gives you the time to seek it out. You might get there and the presentation equipment or technology isn’t working properly. Being there early allows you the time to call a tech team in to rectify the problem, rather than simply having to go without the presentation slides that you’ve spent time and effort putting together. Arriving early also gives you time to compose yourself, your thoughts, and commence your speech effectively without feeling panicked or rushed.
Following these simple steps can help you to give the best presentation as possible. So, make sure you’re well prepared with a stunning presentation, and arrive early, and everything should go swimmingly!