Are you presenting something to your colleagues or customers at an upcoming conference? It doesn’t matter who your audience are, you’ll want your presentation to be informative, engaging, professional and enjoyable. We’ve put together our top tips for delivering a great presentation:
Make it relevant to your audience
Your audience will be hoping to take away something valuable from what you’re presenting so it’s important to make the content relevant to their expectations. If you’ve given them an idea of what the presentation is about in a pre-prepared agenda, you’ll need to stick to it. Put yourself in the shoes of the audience and think about what would make you sit up and take notice.
Use engaging content
Have you ever heard of the phrase ‘Death by PowerPoint’? You definitely don’t want your audience to be whispering it between themselves during your presentation! While your content needs to be informative, you can give it an edge with some pictures and funky images. Infographics are a great way to convey any stats you’d like to share. If you have a design team in your organisation, ask them for advice on making your presentation stand out.
Think about what you need
Is a projector and PowerPoint all you need? Maybe you require other materials such as hand-outs for your audience to take away with them or exercises for them to complete on the day. If you have a physical demonstration to make, some volunteers could help to bring that presentation to life! Be sure to prepare all of your equipment and resources in advance so you’re not rushing round five minutes before everyone enters the room!
Practise, practise, practise!
In order to get the delivery of your presentation spot on, regular practise before the big day is essential! This will give you opportunities to improve the flow and also to calm your nerves. Ask your friends or family to sit through your presentation with you and then take their feedback on board. Make small changes until you’re completely happy, and then continue to practise the final version.
If you’re feeling nervous about your presentation, consider the steps above and prepare as much as possible. A great presentation could help you hit that sales target or give your employees some much needed inspiration!
If you’re looking for somewhere to hold your conference, here at West Park we have the latest equipment and a wide range of catering facilities on offer, so all you’ll need to worry about is preparing your presentation.Read Top tips for delivering a presentation to remember…