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10 things to freshen your presentation delivery

You are most often the final ingredient that makes a good presentation on paper go well in the real world.

  1.  Meet people (even if you know them) as they come into the room, shake hands, have a brief chat with them to help show your confidence and ‘break the ice’.
  2. Show enthusiasm for the subject. If you don’t, your audience won’t be enthusiastic either. Put a lot of energy in and that energy will transfer to the audience.   It’s called charisma.
  3. Stay out of the way of your visuals and use the space that you have to move around.
  4. It’s OK to move toward the screen and touch it to emphasize a point and it’s great to address individuals by name to build a sense of connection with the people in the room.
  5. Keep your body “open” to the audience as much as you can and that helps you keep eye contact too. An occasional glance at the screen should be all you need to see to speak about the slide’s content.
  6. 80% of your speech should be said straight to the audience so get into the habit of looking at the audience as you speak, and saying nothing as you look to your materials for your next ‘cue’.
  7. Don’t ever read your slides word for word to the audience.  Your slides should be a simple collection of key words and phrases that are there for their benefit.
  8. Use slide and PowerPoint ‘builds’ like they do on the TV news, for emphasis and impact to help you make your points powerfully.
  9. Personalize your presentation. Use your life experience and humanity to sprinkle stories, thoughts, and personal views throughout your talk.
  10. Real confidence in a presenter is about talking in good faith to your audience, you don’t have to try to be anything other than yourself, speaking with skill to get your message across.

This is a part of my Fit, Focus & Flair model. To be great, a presentation must be a perfect FIT for the situation; the content must have complete FOCUS on it’s purpose and message; and it must have enough FLAIR to stand out on the day, and in our memories. Learn more about developing your Fit, Focus and Flair.

Jim Harvey

Jim Harvey

Managing Director at The Message Business
Jim is the MD of The Message Business, a company which helps FTSE 100 companies to sell themselves, and their products better. Speech writer, Prezi trainer and designer, coach and consultant, Jim also finds time to be a proud father and husband.
Jim Harvey
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