Soapbox Extra: Giving Presentations Like a Pro
When it comes to building your organization’s credibility as an industry expert, public speaking is a sure fire way to achieve that goal. However, it’s also a tactic that is very uncomfortable for many people, and tends to be avoided for that reason. For your May tip, we say EMBRACE the presentation and don’t back away from it. Here are a few points to move you out of your comfort zone and into the limelight:
- Properly prepare. In addition to having your outline and props lined up, put in the time to understand your audience and what they are expect or need from the presentation. A talk given to executives will be much different than one prepared for the “worker bees.”
- Start with a roar, not a whisper. If you have a boring beginning, you’ll lose your audience before you start.
- Recognize that the space is part of your presentation. Before you present, check out the space to be prepared for its limitations and opportunities.
- PowerPoint isn’t necessary. A PowerPoint is not your presentation. It is a presentation “aid.” Consider switching things up and using a couple of attractive handouts. Keep the focus on you, not a screen.