There are many different models and approaches for effective and persuasive communications. Most of them are useful, but we also thought it would be useful to create a list of 10 simple things you can do to improve your presentations.Summary by The World of Work Project
10 tips to be a better presenter
There is a lot of advice available in relation to improving communications and presentations. We thought we’d like to add some of our own thoughts to that pool as well, so we’ve pulled together a list of points that we think help when preparing and delivering presentations.
- Be clear of your own strategic goals.
- Understand your audience. Get to know them if possible.
- Be clear on what you want to change for your audience. What do you want them to think, feel and (or) do as a result of your communication?
- Communicate with narratives and stories, not with facts and figures.
- Have the courage not to use notes.
- Have the courage not to use slides if possible (perhaps pictures?).
- If presenting in a room, get support in the room. Ask specific people to nod, smile and support you throughout (if you can see past lights!).
- Get to know your physical space. Visit it. Walk it. Be comfortable in it.
- Be a great audience member yourself, when not presenting. Being a good audience member is a skill too.
- Practice. It’s one of the most important things you can do.
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Nothing much to add to this post! If you put time and effort into your presentations, follow tips like those above, have something worth saying, get feedback and practice, it’ll all go well.
Sources and further reading
Where possible we always recommend that people read up on the original sources of information and ideas.
The contents of this post have been based on our experiences creating and delivering presentations in the world of work. No specific sources exist as references.
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