The thing with me is that I crave knowledge, I over research everything. If a client hires me for a presentation, even one I just did yesterday, I will review it again, see how I can make it better. I want to know their set up, their staff, their needs. I have taken courses in presentation skills about the physical aspects, how to stand, how to project, how to keep your audience engaged and there is lots to learn about that! However, I was fascinated why presenters like me, who need to use presentation software like PowerPoint or Keynote, or some other form, can be amazing or BOMB! Why? What was the difference?
I started taking it personally, how can I improve, what is that person doing differently and I researched it for years. I found out there are many skills that one can improve on and if you use slides there are some glaring mistakes folks make.
Honestly, when I started presenting I had no idea there were rules to keep your audience engaged. Who knew? I sure didn't. So I took it upon myself to learn and to this day I am always learning and changing my style, hopefully to be better for my audience. Whether presenting to 1 person or 1000! So I want to share with you THE TOP 3 TIPS:
Did you know that different colours mean different things to different nationalities? That could be very important if you are presenting in a different country or to a different culture and your colour scheme insults them. Do your research on colours!
Doesn't everyone use bullets? Ugh! I could go on and on about bullet points but here are two tips:
I still have to work on this as it just doesn't come naturally to slow down but you don't present the same way you speak. Most people speak fast and should slow down when presenting. It is actually calming when you try it. Test this out with a friend and your presentation. What sounds better?
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