One of the keys to being an outstanding presenter is knowing your content thoroughly. This requires rehearsing. When you can give your presentation without the aid of presentation software such as PowerPoint, it is only then that these tools can help to support your message. When standing to present, you’re the messenger, not PowerPoint. Try presenting without PowerPoint. It can be a liberating experience. You can create wonderful images by using expressive words, intonation, and facial expressions.
Never apologize at the beginning of your presentation for your lack of sleep, feeling poorly, etc. Pull it together and give them your best!
Occasionally, you may come across someone who is angry for some reason and decides to vent it toward you, the presenter. First, never let it get to you. Remain calm and professional at all times. Try one of these responses:
1. "We don't have the right people in the room today to have that discussion. Let's move on." (The "right people" may not exist!)
2. "Well, that is an interesting perspective. Let me give that some thought and maybe come back to it later."
3. "While we value your opinion, lets hear from some others in the room."
Tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them, then tell them what you told them, then TEST them to confirm that your message has been received as intended. Ask, what are your thoughts?, What is the most important thing you learned from this presentation? When you leave, what are you going to do differently?
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It may not be the right thing to do, but people do judge a book by its cover.
There are many expert consultants dedicated entirely to helping others improve their appearance. Below is a collection of the most common items that come up for discussion during my workshops.
What can you add to the list above?
Bad grammar is like bad breath: Even your best friends won’t tell you. And somebody should.
Many presenters take a good two-minute idea and dilute it with a sixty-minute vocabulary.
What is the goal of this presentation? What will we think, feel, or do differently after this meeting? Answers are absolute prerequisites.