11 Steps to Having a Successful PresentationKehinde LAWAL
Presenting your ideas or lessons to students, clients or potential customers might be quiet hard, especially if it’s your first time. Nevertheless, repetition is of key importance here. And to improve you got to practice the right thing over and over again.
Below is a list of 11 things you must consider for a successful presentation.
1. Plan your session
As a matter of fact, you should not go for a presentation unprepared. Always plan your sessions ahead. The 5 P’s of preparation says it all.
Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.
2. Use Three Channels
Endeavor to use any of this 3 channels when presenting(Audio, Video and Kinetics). If you’re giving a speech, your voice must be audible enough. Video on the other side are good for passing visual information across. Kinetics simply means demonstration. Your body language is also very important, as it contributes about 50% to your overall communication. You must demonstrate well, so has to pass the right message accross.
3. Communicate Well
If you want to communicate well, don’t speak fast. In addition, you must speak a language you and your audience understand.
4. Start with a special effect
Start with a story or ask a question that catches the attention of the customers. Tell them what they never thought was true. Tell them what they don’t know about themselves. Tell them something that needs to be researched. In addition, tell a story to make it fun and interesting.
5. KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid
Most people have short attention span, so keep your presentation simple, short and stupid. No long stories.
6. Avoid Power Point Poisoning (No too much points)
Many of us don’t know the difference between a Power point and a Word point. A power point is a list of the main idea or detail of information in bullet points. The maximum allowable bullet point is Six, and you must not write long paragraphs like that of Microsoft Excel.
7. Mix Your Method
Always mix your method. Play videos, let people listen to audios and contribute to the presentation.
8. Time Your Session
Set a time limit for your session and don’t go beyond it. By the way, it’s compulsory you reach the venue for the presentation at least 15 minutes early(Lombardi Time).
9. Engage Your Students
Don’t be the only person talking/presenting, let your student participate through questions, suggestions, opinions etc. Note: To stick to time you don’t have to answer all questions at once. You can always shift some to the end of the event.
10. Reinforce Knowledge Retention
Reinforce the knowledge or key things in your presentation through repetitions. Repeat the main gist at the end of the presentation, and if possible, give out assignment.
11. SMART(Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timed
Use the “SMART” technique in your presentations and discussions. Make sure it’s specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timed.
I hope you’ve learn one or two things from this article, if so, kindly drop your favorite lesson in the comment box below.