1. Social Skills: Seven Things Everyone Should Know
  2. The 30 most important things about effective communication everyone must know
  3. Nine Things You Should Know About Interpersonal Skills
  4. How To Overcome Your Shyness, The Ultimate Guide
  5. A Simple Guide To Introverts
  6. How You Can Overcome Social Anxiety
  7. 25+ Effective Networking Tactics To Improve Your Networking Skills
  8. How To Master The Basic Meet And Greet
  9. Master The Power Pose In Two Minutes
  10. The 20 All-Time Best Pieces Of Relationship Advice Ever
  11. How To Build Great Professional Relationships
  12. 30+ Techniques About Killing It With Public Speaking
  13. How To Give Impromptu Speeches
  14. How To Be A Smart/Witty Talker
  15. How To Speak And Influence People Like Barack Obama
  16. The 20 Best Tips For Speaking Better
  17. 100+ Useful Techniques For Great Small Talk
  18. Question Skills: How We Can Be Great At Asking Questions
  19. How To Give Feedback
  20. Active Listening Skills (How To Be A Great Listener)
  21. Presentation Skills: How To Give Great Presentations
  22. Rhetoric: Using Language Better To Communicate Effectively And Persuasively
  23. How To Be Assertive
  24. A Simple Guide To Understanding Body Language
  25. 15+ Tricks That Will Help You Catch People Lying
  26. 11 Really Useful NLP Techniques
  27. A Simple Guide To Emotional Intelligence
  28. Empathy
  29. How To Be Charismatic
  30. How To Develop Presence
  31. How To Be Charming, Likeable, And Interesting
  32. Personality Development: How You Can Improve Your Personality
  33. 20+ Tips On Handling Difficult People
  34. How To Run And Participate In Effective Meetings
  35. Teamwork Skills: How To Work In A Team Effectively
  36. How To Make (And Refute) Arguments
  37. How To Win An Argument
  38. How To Criticize
  39. Seven Simple Ways To Give Praise
  40. How To Complain
  41. Culture Smarts: Taking In Cultural Cues From Across The World
  42. How To (Really) Control Your Emotions
  43. Basics Of Phone Etiquette
  44. A Simple Guide To Non-Verbal Communication

Presentation Skills: How To Give Great Presentations




First, some great and useful quotes about making presentations:

 

Essentially the structure of all good presentations is to:

Tell'em what you're gonna tell'em. Tell'em. Then tell'em what you told'em.

- George Bernard Shaw

 

The presenter who loves his audience the most, wins.

- Seth Godin

 

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a metaphor is worth a thousand pictures.

- Alan Kay, computer scientist

 

Tell a story that makes the audience into the protagonist, then demonstrate how your approach to solving their problem will help them win in the end.

- Cliff Atkinson

 

You can always do an introduction second, once you’ve set the tone and gotten people’s interest.

- Merlin Mann

 

Guy Kawasaki’s 10-20-30 Rule: Get in, get out, and don’t make people squint.

'a PowerPoint presentation should have ten slides, last no more than twenty minutes, and contain no font smaller than thirty points.'

 

 

1. The two qualities in a great presenter: Love (towards the audience) - Respect (from the audience) (Source: Diane Diresta)

 

2. Two useful acronyms for great presentations: TIPE (teach, inform, persuade, or entertain - HIRBEC (hook, issue, recommendation, benefit, evidence)

 

3. The classic five P's of presentations:

 

Preparation

Research the audience - develop the presentation- organize the presentation aids - check the venue - rehearse - ready yourself.

 

To repeat, the best-known presentation framework is:

- Tell the audience what you are going to tell them

- Tell them again what you have told them

 

The Five Steps to creating an instant speech

Step 1: Get attention with a catchy opening.

Step 2: Explain the relevance - tell why the subject is important to them.

Step 3: Present the central message - follow with a general statement of your purpose.

Step 4: Give examples - support your message with real-world illustrations (examples).

Step 5: Close-end with a striking sentence that summarizes your speech.

And, finally, rehearse.

 

Purpose

Throughout your presentation you need to be clear why you are saying what you are saying. Why are you doing what you are doing and what effect do you want to achieve at any one moment?

 

Presence

Powerful presenters establish a presence. It is all about being present in the moment - your entire attention is concentrated on what is happening around you. Your senses are heightened, so that you notice things that you might normally miss - like, hearing the shuffle of a person at the far end of the room; you are in tune with the moment.

 

Start of your presentation:

- Do not rush in. Give your audience time to absorb your arrival.

- Before you utter a word of your presentation-Stop; breath; look; listen.

- Allow a pause for 5 or more seconds before starting to speak. The power of this approach is immense- it gives you time to ‘arrive’, to take in your audience and your surroundings. It also allows your audience time to absorb your arrival, assess your appearance, and to get comfortable with you being there.

 

Passion

If you do not care about you are saying, why should the audience? Your passion warms, excites, enthuses and holds your audience. Good presenters build a relationship with their audience.

 

Personality

What the audience wants is you, not an imitation of some well-known speaker or another personality. Let your real, enthusiastic self come out. And, ask friends or a colleague (whom you trust ), to give you feedback on how you come across on first impression.

 

4. Stay away from PowerPoint hell: In his influential book, ‘The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint’, Edward Tufte suggests we avoid any decoration in the visual presentation of the information in our presentations made using popular presentation software, including the ubiquitous Microsoft PowerPoint.

 

His suggestions include avoiding simplistic/unhelpful tables and charts, overuse of bullet points, cramming of information on every screen, forcing the user through the hierarchy of the presentation without giving them handouts (which are better), and there being no beginning, middle, and end organized around the main theme/s of the presentation.

 

5. Things that enliven your presentation (providing diversions and opportunities for the audience to get involved):

Stories, questions and hands-up feedback, pictures, cartoons and video-clips, diagrams, sound-clips, straw polls ('those who think...please raise your hands...'), inviting a volunteer to take the stage with you (for a carefully planned reason), audience participation exercises (clapping, deep breathing, blinking, finger-snapping, shouting, or engaging neighbor by introducing themselves etc.), prizes, awards and recognizing people/achievements, book recommendations, illuminating quotes (can be funny, but be careful), fascinating facts/stats, games and exercises (depending on time)

 

6. Use legible fonts: Sans serif fonts (Ariel, Gill Sans, Ubuntu, Anivers, Franklin Gothic, Helvetica) are best for digital screens. Don't use more than two fonts in a presentation.

 

7. Get better at public speaking: In most work situations, you will be giving speeches while making a presentations etc. So, please also read the guide to Public Speaking, where you will also get some tips on writing the speech.

 

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