One of our friends from the presentation industry, Ian Callow, is co-author of The Presenter’s Handbook. In this guest blog, Ian shares his A-Z tips for presenting with more confidence.
We have all sat through presentations where it is "Death by PowerPoint" or "Sea Sickness" from the over-use of Prezi functionality. Just consider how this impacts on those watching. In a business environment it certainly impacts on the revenue stream with bored prospects unlikely to become clients. In the world of education students disengage and are likely to end up with a one-way experience, reading your presentation from a student portal instead.
As a presenter you need to make a difference and not rely on the software to do your job.
A successful presentation needs to be engaging to the audience. Polling systems such as OMBEA enable interaction while giving you immediate feedback. This is incredibly useful but such interactivity is only a small part of an important journey: There is a lot more you can do make your presentation stand out. Let’s take a look at a few tips, from A to Z, to start the thought process. For a deeper explanation of some of the terms used in the list, check out our main website at www.presentershandbook.com.
|A||Audience||Consider the audience at all times during the presentation.|
|B||BYOD||Delegates and students have access to mobile technology. Let them use their own devices in your presentation to take notes and interact.|
|C||Credibility||Create credibility with the audience; this helps them take on the key message.|
|D||Deliver||Deliver a presentation that is memorable for the right reasons.|
|E||Enjoy||Enjoy the feeling of presenting. Your enjoyment will help your performance.|
|F||Feedback||Ensure you gain feedback from the audience. You will then know how good the presentation was.|
|G||Graphics||Use good quality graphics during your presentation and avoid clipart.|
|H||Help||Ensure help is on hand from a technician if a malfunction occurs during your presentation.|
|I||Interaction||Allow delegate interaction for presentations over 20 minutes.|
|J||Joke||A joke shared with the audience will relax both the audience and yourself. Also see ‘X-Rated’.|
|K||Key||Understand what your key message is going to be for the presentation.|
|L||Learn||Learn from your performance by building in self-reflection tools after presenting.|
|M||Mirror||Use your mirror neurons to learn from the best.|
|N||Nerves||Nerves can be quashed by building anchors to trigger a positive state.|
|O||Orientation||If you are not happy with the orientation of the room, move tables and chairs.|
|P||Physiological||Maintain a good physiological stance when presenting.|
|Q||Question||Question your audience (Ombea). Why should they only be allowed to question you as the presenter?|
|R||Rehearse||Rehearse, rehearse and rehearse some more for a successful presentation.|
|S||Safety||Always have a safety net available in case things do not go according to plan.|
|T||Timing||Timing is a key function of the presentation, start and finish on time.|
|U||Underpinning||Underpinning your key message is you. Ensure you are at your best.|
|V||Video||When using video in a presentation make it short and relevant.|
|W||What||What is your story to relate you to the presentation? Tell the audience.|
|X||X-Rated||Avoid an x-rated presentation. What you find amusing others may take objection to.|
|Y||Yes||Yes you can become a great presenter - reading The Presenter's Handbook is a first step.|
|Z||Zero||Accept a zero tolerance approach to poor presentations, evolve and improve.|
For more information on becoming a Power Presenter visit The Presenter's Handbook website. Whilst your there remember to take part in our interactive quiz to see how good a presenter you actually are right now.
About the Author
Ian Callow is a co-author of The Presenter’s Handbook. In addition to the work he does with our OMBEA training programmes, Ian is a CPD & IT trainer for IRIS Connect, SMART Meeting Pro, and more. You can follow Ian on Twitter via @idcallow and @Pres_Handbook. If you want to read more of what Ian has to say about becoming a better presenter then check out his blog for The Presenter’s Handbook. Or get yourself to Amazon and buy the book.