This summarises many of the things that our tailored online presentation training courses cover when we work with our clients to develop confident and effective presentations.
You will save yourself a huge amount of time by checking to see if all this is covered in your training course.
1. Do NOT open PowerPoint.
While PowerPoint is good for many things, it’s terrible for planning a presentation. You should only start using PowerPoint at the very end of the presentation planning process.
If your training course is all about how to use PowerPoint then you’ll find it of limited value in improving your presentation skills.
2. Be clear on who your audience is and what you want to achieve.
For example, you might be addressing just 10 people in an audience of 1000
Or you might want everyone in the room to change their behaviour slightly. The more tightly you define your objective, the greater your chance of success.
The better you understand your audience, their fears, concerns and desires, the more focused you will be.More about online presentation training courses
3. Have a single message that summarises your presentation
Boil down what you want to say into a single sentence.
This phrase should encapsulates your presentation. Avoid vague statements like “I want to tell them about our new product”
The sharper this message, the better.
4. Break down your presentation into clear parts
A three part structure is often the most effective.
For each part of your presentation, have a clear message.More about online presentation training courses
5. Start your presentation with a high impact statement
Work out something that will make people sit up and listen.
Tell them what you are going to tell them. Get them excited.
6. Identify stories, anecdotes and examples
Find ones to support your messages.
The more you illustrate what you want to say with a real story, the more powerful your presentation becomes. The best stories are personal real life examples.
Bring it to life with memorable phrases.More about online presentation training courses
7. Finish your presentation with a clear message, request or call to action
What you say last will be remembered best.
8. Learn about using clear simple language in your presentation training course
Cut out all jargon or corporate speak.
Your presentation training should teach you some basic elements of rhetoric which will bring life to your presentations and make it easy for you to engage your audiences.More about online presentation training courses
9. Incorporate pauses, short sentences, great eye contact
A presentation is a performance.
If you look and sound good there is a better chance of success in your presentation.
You will also look and sound more confident when you present.
10. Work out what questions you could be asked
Practice how you will answer questions using tried and tested question answering techniques.More about online presentation training courses
11. Now, work out if you really need any visual aids or handouts
You may now decide that some charts, diagrams, pictures will help get your message across even more powerfully.
If you do use these in your presentation, make sure your training course shows you best practice for preparing visual aids, slides and charts.
12. Practise, practise, practise
You will only get better with practice.
The best online presentation training courses will show you a method and process so that you continue to improve after your training.
For example, you should learn to use use a critical knowledgeable audience and a camera to refine your performance and to set up a feedback loop.
The more you rehearse and perfect, the better you will get.
If you want to learn about the online presentation training courses we run, please contact us todayMore about online presentation training courses
Benjamin Ball Associates helps clients to communicate better.
Over 10+ years the award-winning BBA team has coached thousands of senior executives globally to present powerfully. We have developed a robust toolbox of techniques that we use to help our clients become clear, confident communicators.
We’ll help you create a powerful first impression that hooks and engages your audience immediately and we’ll coach you to deliver clearly, confidently and with impact.
Speak to Louise on +44 20 7018 0922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and discuss your upcoming talk or presentation.
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