How To Deliver An Excellent Presentation

When called upon to make a presentation there are very few of us who would walk into the task without preparing and do the task well – that skill belongs to very few individuals.

We mere mortals have to plan and consider carefully what should go into our performance – the following pointers are all things that you really should consider if you want to deliver an excellent presentation:

  • Clear Objectives: what are we trying to say?
  • Who is the target audience?
  • What does the audience already know about the topic?
  • What publicity/awareness raising may be needed?
  • How will I structure what I am going to say?
  • Will the opening section really grab the attention of my audience?
  • Will the audience be involved in the delivery or are they just to s=it there and listen to the messages?
  • How motivated are my audience to actually hear and consider the content of the message?
  • Will the audience understand the message? (If there is any doubt then the material needs to be restructured so that they can and do understand your message – otherwise why are you even bothering to deliver the presentation?).
  • What is your plan regarding timing, pace of delivery and duration?
  • Use prompt card and NEVER stand there and read from a script!
  • What visual aids will you be using? A Presentation without some form of visuals is unlikely to be remembered or understood!
  • Clarity of expression and use of appropriate body language – this really adds to the power of your message.
  • Eye contact – always look at the audience!
  • Content and volume – too much and you will lose the audience whilst too little guarantees limited attention. Your audience will get bored!
  • Is the use of humour appropriate?
  • Pitch and variety of your voice – never be dull and monotone!
  • Use examples to illustrate your points BUT ensure that they are relevant and accurate!
  • How will you seek out feedback from the audience – will they be able to ask questions and get clarification?
  • How will you evaluate the effectiveness of your presentation? Just because you think it went well does not mean that your audience thinks the same way!

Good Luck!

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