Public Speaking Tips to Deliver the Perfect Presentation
August 5, 2020
The time has come for the thing you fear the most. You gathered the content, created the presentation, the cards are in your hands and you are in front of the White board. The timer goes off as your heart starts beating super fast. Somehow words seem to escape you and nothing comprehensible comes out of your mouth. Your hands are shaking as you look through your notes to find anything that makes sense. All eyes are on you. It feels as if you can see the future; your report card says good presentation, poor public speaking. Does this seem familiar? The fear of public speaking, also named glossophobia, is the most common phobia in the world. It is observed in approximately 73% of the world population and is more feared than death itself. Imagine that you worked really hard on your presentation; isn’t a complete waste of your time when you fail to deliver your presentation’s message just because of poor public speaking skills. Well, fret no more! Here are some public speaking tips you can refer to in order to deliver the perfect presentation.
1. Practice, practice, practice...
A wise person once said: practice makes perfect. Roger Federer didn’t become Federer overnight. That is also true for public speaking. Rehearse your presentation a couple of times until you feel comfortable with the material. You will easily be able to observe your confidence building as you practice more and more.
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2. Visualize the confidence.
You are probably wondering about how to start a presentation so that it definitely goes well. Did you ever hear the phrase, imagine the audience naked before you present so that you feel more confident? A similar tactic could be visualizing yourself confidently delivering the material. Good tennis players usually say that they imagine themselves holding the trophy before starting the tournament. This tactic makes the prospect of attaining the goal more manageable and realistic, boosting your confidence in the meantime.
3. Know your audience.
This does not mean you have to do a background check on your audience members. But notice who you are talking to and adjust the content of the material, as well as the delivery accordingly. Knowing your audience also means that you need to be interacting with them and watching their reactions to the material. For istance, you may notice that this particular audience is not taking sarcasm as well. You can adjust your tone accordingly and appear more professional in your delivery.
4. Shy away from sharp distinctions between yourself and the audience.
It is not as if you have the Berlin Wall between you and your audience. In fact, visualize that you are a part of them or that the audience is delivering the presentation with you. It is very likely that they have been in your shoes; everyone makes presentations. They could very well be in your place tomorrow. When you notice this, you will also notice that they may be thinking this way as well. This tip creates empathy between you and your audience.
5. Grab the attention.
Presentations can be mundane, long and uninteresting. You can change that easily by creating variations in your tone, volume and speed. Do not let the audience doze off. Keep them engaged in the material by keeping the presentation interactive. Your presentation templates should help you do that!
6. Smile and make eye contact.
This may very well be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to public speaking. Smiling and making eye contact with the audience will make you seem more friendly and keep your audience more engaged with your delivery. It shows them that you value their interest and that they should value what you have to say too.
7. Capitalize on your personality.
Every single person is different and that can be something that keeps presentations interesting. If Mary were to deliver the same presentation as George, both would create drastically different experiences. You can capitalize on that. Say you have a skill for humor. Use that! Make jokes, use sarcasm, play around with your audience. Let your personality shine through your public speaking.
8. Do not read from the slides or your cards.
Maintaining eye contact is especially impossible if you keep reading from the slides or keep looking at your cards. That will make you lose the audience’s attention. Instead try to remember the general gist of every slide and focus on delivering the main message instead of losing time over the details.
9. Use visuals.
Using visual aids will not only capture the audience’s attention, but also emphasize a point, simplify the content, enhance the content’s credibility. A staggering 65% of the population are visual learners. Keep that in mind while you are trying to choose the appropriate presentation themes and respective presentation designs!
10. Don’t apologize.
As famous pop icon Hannah Montana once said: “Everybody makes mistakes”. Do not apologize if you make a mistake. Instead, laugh at yourself so that the audience can do the same. Embrace your delivery with its good and its bad.
Making mistakes is okay; see how we all make mistakes in our previous blog.
These tips may be hard to keep in mind. Thankfully, Decktopus pro gives you access to countless public speaking tip videos taught by a public speaking expert. Just sign up now, start creating a presentation, and find the public speaking tips under “rehearse”> “Tips”. Go to decktopus.com now!