Why should a presentation be great? There are many ways to communicate information to people. Presenting an idea or product requires a great presentation to have a lasting impact on the audience. A presentation which does not highlight the important aspects of the product or services does not catch the eye of the audience and hence the idea or service or product cannot survive the competition.
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Tips to deliver a great presentation Here are the few tips that need to be followed while making and preparing a presentation -
Hope these tips are helpful for your next presentation!
These days for getting recognition for an individual and his efforts, it is more important to showcase your achievements in a very attractive manner. It is more important how you market your achievements rather than the achievements itself. So here, the communication plays a very important role. Powerpoint presentation is a very effective way of communication.
When you make a presentation please be as brief as possible on the screen. But elaborate more while you present. Don't read what you have written in the presentation. Use it as a guide only. Go on explaining in detail and try to catch the attention of the audience. In between add some interesting incidents which you have encountered during the progress of the work in an interesting way so that they will be more attentive.
Another important point you should note is the time management. You should programme your presentation by being clear as to where more elaboration is required and where you can skip. If you spend more time on some unnecessary issues, the time may lapse and finally, you may not be able to explain the main points due to the paucity of time. Your entire effort will become futile if such mismanagement happens.
A great presentation is one that relies more on content and simplicity. We often lose the attention of the audience because it's boring with too much of details and technical jargon.
Fancy headings, sarcastic or funny headings cannot be used on all occasions. Depending on the audience and the nature of the event, one can frame a proper title. Great headings work for print media and advertisements but not that well for presentations. One should be cautious when using animations because these are a source of distraction and so should not be overdone.
I like the 7/7 rule, choose a neutral color background and do not make all the letters in bold or capitals. It hurts to constantly read these. Engaging the audience rather than a monotonous recital.
Practicing the presentation in front of people or even the mirror helps us to overcome the initial hesitation and stammering. It is better not to memorize the material because I've seen people go blank when they forget and then take time and a couple of slides to get back to the rhythm.
Adding on, while selecting a color, we make the mistake of checking it against bright light. Most presentations will be in a very dim light. Here the colors are stark and vivid. Using vivid colors and graphics are distracting. Setting the presentation on an autoplay mode also should be avoided because if you miss or are interrupted by a question, then you are in a quandary, whether to answer, skip etc because the slides keep changing.
Learn to modulate the tone so that you sound comfortable. Adjust the coat lapel mike or a collar mike as a trail first because a few speakers struggle to get the sound correct. Always load the presentation well in advance, if they have a professional audio-visual team, open and then play it once to see that everything is fine. Often the videos don't play for incompatibility etc.
I always mail a presentation to myself (with figures in a compressed format) especially if I'm traveling, because in the worst case scenario of losing the pen drive or forgetting the laptop, at least I have a backup option.