For some people, presentations for colleagues are the scariest events in life.
Most people are at least slightly uncomfortable with presentations in the workplace. Even if someone is not afraid of presenting something to their colleagues, there are usually a few things which they could improve on. Fortunately, Business Insider has talked with the people who know better, and they have a few things to share with you.
Nailing a presentation isn’t easy, but its easier when you refer to a few tips. For the most part, preparation is the deciding factor in whether a presentation will go well or not. Structure and confident delivery are important, although the latter is the trickier one for many people. Without further ado, here are some tips from the experts:
- Do a dress rehearsal. While it may feel like a silly throwback to high school, practicing your lines is an important part of the presentation process. According to Adam Zukor, Director of Executive Communications at Microsoft, there is “no substitute for practicing out loud…”
- Focus on just a few key points. Think hard about the main points you need to make, and be more direct about these talking points than you’d be with others. It’s best to tell your audience what you’re about to tell them in advance, then tell them. After you’ve told them, you can explain what you just told them in further detail.
- Control your nerves. This is easier said than done, but a few simple tricks can work wonders for your presentation. The first step is to throw the idea of perfection out the window. Nothing in life is perfect, and things seldom go exactly as planned. Never try to fake anything and its OK if you’re delivery wasn’t flawless.
- Keep the visuals simple and use the right tools. Try to keep your slides short, neat, and concise. The main thing to remember is that the presentation itself isn’t the main attraction, but the story you have to tell is.
- Specificity is always appreciated. By being too broad, you run the chance of losing out on an opportunity to connect with your audience on a deeper level.
- Stick the landing. This part requires more practice, but ending strong is crucial because it’ll create a more memorable experience for those watching you. Try to keep the best and most emotional content for last.