You need to learn the art of presenting yourself better when you join a job. Regardless of whether you are addressing a large group of audience standing on the podium or need to get yourself heard while you are in a meeting, you need to learn the art. Presentations, in fact, occupy a significant part of the workplace today. Right from sales pitch to explaining why are you expecting an increase in pay, your objective is instructing as well as persuading others. You may need this skill while you appear for a job interview as well. In fact, the presence or absence of this skill can create the difference between securing and not securing the job.
Improving your presentation skill is not tough. You just need to relax, be confident and follow a few tricks in establishing contact with the audience.
Here are a few tips to improve on your presentation skill.
Plan the Time Limit
There are high chances that you would have a time limit for delivering your presentation. If not, don’t go on endlessly. Assume that your audience is busy and they usually are. Audiences tend to get uneasy in case you fail to wrap up on time.
If you haven’t been given any time limit, take around half an hour for the work presentations and around ten minutes for the class presentations. Remember your time limit from the beginning so that you need not hurry towards the end.
However, don’t be too fast either so that you are left with a lot of time at the end.
Know the Audience
To polish your presentation skill, you need to know your audience properly. It is advisable to know of the mindset and the level of sophistication before you deliver. You need to understand the attitude of the audience. Find out whether they are from multiple fields to ensure better delivery.
In case you are addressing your classmates, try to introduce facts that you think may interest them. If you are addressing a group of specialists, you can use the industry lingo.
Knowledge of these aspects will allow you to engage with your audience with more efficiency. You will also feel comparatively less isolated since you can keep everybody involved this way.
Use a Proper Presentation Structure
You need to use the right presentation structure depending on the case in point. A compelling presentation would basically enumerate a story. Though it may not always seem like a story, it uses the basic structure of a story. Your presentation must come with a beginning, middle and an ending.
It needs to be straightforward as well as logical. An ideal structure would have
- Welcoming and informative introduction
- Logical presentation of the main points
- Powerful conclusion.
Though we keep on speaking with each other through the day, speaking to a group of audience is a hard skill to acquire and needs to be practiced.
Poor delivery is one of the most significant concerns while you deliver a presentation.
While you deliver a presentation, you need to keep your voice in mind.
- You can’t afford to go on speaking monotonously, without any break or ups and downs.
- Maintain eye contact with your audience
- Ensure smoothness while you deliver
Though delivering a presentation is different for all, remember that it’s not enough to practice only once. Try to practice as much as possible prior to the final day. You can choose to practice in front of the mirror, speak to a wall or get a friend or a family member to listen.
Always remember that it is better to make the points short and concise; just make sure that the idea gets presented with efficacy.
If you are nervous or anxious, the emotions are bound to show. Remember that these feelings are quite strong and have the capacity to cast a negative impact on your presentation skill. You can try deep breathing, have water or follow other strategies to remain calm. You can also take a course on public speaking.
Last but not the least, be prepared to answer questions. However, also remember that it is alright if you don’t know the answer to a given question. You don’t need to know everything. Accept that. You can always offer to answer the question later.
Author: Justin Goh is a former teacher and prolific writer, penning blogs to help the parents, students and the educators alike. Regularly contributing articles for MyPrivateTutor Malaysia, he prefers to write on varying aspects of education ranging from learning strategies and preparation tips to the ways to reach out to the students better.