BE THE SPEAKER THAT PEOPLE WANT TO LISTEN TO
THREE TIPS ON ACING YOUR NEXT PRESENTATION
By Jacqueline Prasai
April 3, 2017
Giving presentations can be nerve wrecking no matter how many times you have been through the process. Some people are blessed with public speaking skills others make a worrisome face just thinking about it. I struggled with public speaking for the longest but after every struggle, I gained some insights on how you can ace your next presentations.
- Look the part to play the part
I cannot emphasize enough on how important it is to dress up to the occasion. However, make sure you do not overdress nor underdress. When you make the effort to look good, you will naturally feel good, and gain more respect from the crowd. You want to look like you are someone “important” and act similarly. Walk into the room or start your introduction with self-assurance. If you feel overwhelmed, then do some breathing exercises and rapidly pump your fist simultaneously beforehand.
- Better prepared than sorry
You may fake your confidence but you cannot fake your knowledge about what you will be presenting. Do plenty of research on the subject matter to increase your credibility and self-confidence. Question and answer round is a common practice after a presentation so be well prepared with background information. The last thing you want is to have is a nervous breakdown with sweat beads accessorizing you. Be informed about the audience and the room where you will be speaking. It is better to come earlier and understand how the technology works instead of fidgeting with the computer keys/microphone stand whilst in action. Knowing about the audience beforehand gives you the advantage of stepping up the game by providing examples to which people can personally relate.
- Enthusiasm matters
Do not spread yawns across the room by standing in one spot and speaking with a dull tone of voice. Be passionate about the subject and project your voice accordingly. Use hand gestures and utilize the space by moving around when appropriate. Avoid reading off lengthy presentation slides or pointing your chin to your notes . It is okay to pause once in awhile and glance at your pointers. Choose a few friendly faces around the room and make eye contact with them. Research shows that when you look at a certain direction, people surrounding that area will equally feel the weight of your attention. This is a great technique to calm down your nervousness as well.
Amy Cuddy once said, “Fake it till you become it” and we all should stand by this statement. There is always a room for betterment in life so subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media (@smokeandmirrors) to receive exclusive contents. If you want to request a special topic of your choice then simply email us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Jacqueline Prasai (email@example.com) is a PR specialist and a communications expert at Smoke and Mirrors Communications. She received her undergraduate degree in Digital Communications from the University of Baltimore with a concentration in Public Relations.