Improving your Presenting Style

by ltconsulting on September 26, 2011

Our presentation courses are planned to significantly improve presentation skills to allow delegates of all levels to be able to make powerful presentations.  The presentation seminars that we provide are packed full of presentation tips and techniques that demonstrate strategies which will show delegates how to reduce nerves in presentations and to allow them to present confidently when presenting to clients or colleagues. Our presentation skills workshops are designed not just to show delegates how to make a simple presentation: they are designed to show delegates how to create a successful presentation also maximising the applications of PowerPoint to make great presentationsPresentation training will allow delegates to build on their presenting skills; make better presentations; enjoy making presentations and teach delegates how to present successfully.  Delegates who have taken our Presentation Courses have expressed how much they enjoyed the variety in our presentation skills training and now feel confident to present in any situation.

Methods of improving your presentation

  1. Tell stories/ use anecdotes: Make your presentation personal. As a presenter, you will be perceived better by your audience, but remember to keep it short, sweet and relevant.
  2. Show pictures/ images: This can make your presentation much more powerful and memorable, then bullet point page after bullet point page.
  3. Don’t apologise. If something occurs to you as a mistake during the presentation, keep it to yourself. If the audience weren’t aware of the problem, there is no need to tell them. If you are ever tempted to explain why something isn’t quite perfect, avoid it, as it may distract your audience.
  4. Start confidently and strongly: Do not get up there and say, “Um, well, I guess we should probably get started.” If you are a nervous speaker, don’t start with “I’m really nervous”. Instead, welcome your audience, give a very brief introduction of the presentation, mentioning your preferred questioning method, e.g. questioning throughout, or Q&A at end of presentation.
  5. End confidently and strongly: When you have finished, you may ask the audience if they have questions. If nobody asks anything, break the uncomfortable silence by thanking the audience and start packing up your stuff. You may find that people will come up to you after.
  6. Stand confidently and control your body language: Preferably, stand away from the podium, or out from behind the presenter table. Keep your hands out of your pockets. It can be useful to use the stage, and to move or pace whilst making your point, however it is important not to move too much, as again, this can be distracting for your audience.
  7. Make use of pauses: When you say something important, leave a gap after it. Let it hang there for a few seconds. Try it when talking to your friends, and you will find that you are controlling and holding the attention of the audience. You are also allowing your audience to digest your points, and thus your points become more impactful.
  8. Don’t overwhelm your audience: Be entertaining, but, as above use moments of silence to your advantage. Take the less is more approach to really get your message across without bogging them down with jargon (this an cause them to switch off quickly) and too much irrelevant information. Keep your information relevant and to the point at all times.

Excellent presentation skills give you a platform to demonstrate your sales skills, leadership qualities, communication skills, influencing abilities and promotion potential. Our objective over the two days is to teach you the skills and techniques that will give you both the confidence and competence to enjoy making presentations in all situations. We will be giving action points to sharpen your image; reduce nerves; allow you to appear both confident and competent and increase your credibility in the eyes of colleagues and clients.

PowerPoint presentation skills, Advanced Presentation skills and Presentation skills are three of the courses trained by Total Success Training, a training consultancy specialising in communication training and management skills in London and throughout the UK. Other related courses include sales presentation skills, training the trainer, assertiveness skills, selling skills, negotiation skills and communication skills for managers. Click here if you need more information regarding presentation skills course information or contact Total Success who will be delighted to talk to you via e-mail.

Useful links

https://lorien.ncl.ac.uk/ming/Dept/Tips/present/comms.htm
https://www.essortment.com/all/overcomingfear_num.htm
https://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/presentationskills.htm
https://changingminds.org/techniques/body/body_language.htm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A427277
https://nonverbal.ucsc.edu/
https://www.stresscure.com/jobstress/speak.html
https://www.nfib.com/object/2681584.html
https://www.public-speaking.org/public-speaking-articles.htm

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