I want to build on my skills as a presenter and see presenting as a skill that I can get better at with practice and reflection.
I have got a book from SCS library, Present with Impact and Confidence and it offers a series of points in a 5 minute primer on presenting
- The best presenters all got there through practice, not by talent.
- Most people are better at presenting than they think they are..we amplify our weaknesses.
- Preparation is important - to a point - focus on winning support, getting buy in from audience, not just information giving.
- A good presentation takes into account audience wants, needs, interests, problems/concern - therefore ask yourself WHATS IMPORTANT TO THEM.....WHAT DO THEY KNOW ALREADY....WHAT EXPECTATIONS DO THEY HAVE when pulling together material.
- Less is more and keep it simple - dont overwhelm your audience with information but focus on key messages.
- For structure, brainstorm possible content, use spider diagramm, or index cards (put main points on them and then shuffle around - the structure will emerge.
- BEGINNING - Manage attention span - start with bang, give overview, summarise key messages.
- MIDDLE - use case studies, stories, illustrations to hold attention, vary voice, body language, slides.
- END - Summarise and call to action - make it clear what you want them to do....
- If you use notes, make sure they are reference, not script.
- POWERPOINT - no more than six bullets per slide, six words per line. Also use READ, ROTATE, REPEAT - read slide, copy main point to memory, then talk around slide.
- Be anti-perfectionist and realistic about your audience - they want you to do well, are interested in your expertise, opinion, topic.....
- BE YOURSELF, NOT AN ACT.
- Use one though, one person - take in everyone in the room.
- Use pause - this can eliminate, ums and ers.
- Think of questions you are likely to get asked - what questions do you as a presenter fear - some preparation can help you feel more confident here. If you dont know, say you will get back to them....