So you’re writing your first presentation or you want to improve, where do you start? Here are a few tips to help you succeed:
- Are you presenting or sending the presentation?
If you’re presenting you can be a lot more brief in your presentation style and do the talking to expand on your topics. If you’re sending the presentation out then it needs to be self-explanatory and therefore more detailed.
- Consider your audience
Do they want a quick summary, a complex discussion, are they being taught? You don’t need to explain what an alternator is to a garage but you may to the car owner!
- Keep the detail down
A common mistake from people who are very concerned with detail is to cram it all in to every slide, this makes your presentation look like a document. Worse still it may have been a document and you just moved the text across.
- Sell it
Are you trying to get a message across? If you are then treat it like a sales pitch, sell your idea, help your audience reach your conclusions.
- Consider the number of slides
Your director may just want a high level summary with one (yes one!) slide. Your technical staff may want 15 so they understand the problem properly. You may have a limited amount of time to present so consider this as well when setting length.
- Questions before or after the presentation?
Do you want a discussion all the way through or only after everyone has understood your whole presentation? Make sure you decide this up front and tell your audience.
- Know your subject
Stuttering through your presentation because you don’t know enough looks awful. Make sure you can answer questions and talk confidently.
- Talk with confidence and passion
Look up, smile and talk like you would to someone you’re friendly with.
Anyway that’s just a starter for 10, good luck!