Monday, 19 May 2008

Presentation Tips # 14

Have you heard the one about...

Jokes are very unlikely to help you when you present. The chances are that they will offend someone and if they don't, it is possible you will deliver them badly or forget a key line.
Humour on the other hand is more likely to be an asset and when done well, will be regarded as cleverer and funnier.
Humour is often best encouraged by cultivating an interactive and flexible approach .

Presentation Tips # 13

The Eyes...

are "the mirrors of the soul", the "traintors of the heart". The importance of continuos eye contact cannot be overestimated.
Try to give every person 2- 3 seconds eye contact, no matter what the size of your audience. The main reason is to assess their understanding and concentration levels. With a flexible approach and good planning this will allow you to amend your content to meet the needs that you observe.
The audience will also be encouraged to pay attention and are more likely to ask relevant questions.

Presentation Tips # 12

People Buy People

When planning your presentation make sure you are not likely to be subservient to PowerPoint or any other medium.
You are your greatest asset, you are your best visual aid.
Find the place in the room where you can be best seen, and use that space with no distractions behind you for the majority of the time.

Monday, 12 May 2008

Presentation Tips # 11


When members of the audience are trying to listen there will be many times when their concentration lapses and at those points it is particularly important to ensure that your non verbal communication is supporting your information.
Facial expression is very important to show your commitment, and regular smiles will show confidenec and give reassurance that you are happy with your argument.
If you are not a natural smiler, build elements into your presentation plan that may cause you to smile, e.g. interaction, a story, an example.

Presentation Tips # 10

Don't Move...

unless you have to. Thoughtless movement can be irritating and, therefore, distracting for the audience.
It is acceptable to move purposefully to collect a prop, use the flip or a slide, and to deliberately move to different spots when addressing a large audience. Speakers should be careful not to sway, and women should beware of pointing the toes of one foot in the air.(men rarely do this - I do not know why)

Sunday, 11 May 2008

Presentation Tips # 9

Use Gestures

Natural gestures are the best way to use your hands.
The audience will not be impressed by repetitive mannered gestures as used by some poiticians, but will like the animation that comes from you expressing yourself with the help of your hands and arms.
When there is nothing to be expressive about, squeeze a finger or the palm of your hand and keep your hands in front of you away form pockets.
Put down any dangerous distractions, such as pens, that may cause you to fidget

Friday, 9 May 2008

Presentation Tips # 8

Use PowerPoint Properly

Although there is no place for text slides in an engaging presentation, there are occasions when slides are desirable or even essential.
When used carefully for simple graphs, illustrations, maps, photographs, film clips, slides can add colour and variety to presentations.
The B key must be used to black out the screen if Powerpoint is part of your method, as this enables you to manage the focus.