At any gathering, where you are about to speak, ensuring a good presentation to the audience, happens more from how you say rather than what you say.
Whatever few opportunities I have had to present my thoughts to an audience, I have been able to pick up a few ways to make my presentations better.
Practice Practice Practice
The first and foremost is to practice as that is the key behind a confident presentation. Watching yourself in a mirror while practising is one of the methods. Or listening to a recording of you can bring in a tremendous difference to your presentation. It helps control filler words. Learn to take a pause instead of using filler words like ummm, ah or you know, I think etc.
Silence – The Master weapon
In fact, I can go on to say that perhaps silence is one of the most underrated methods used in any presentation. A pause not only allows the audience to absorb what you just said, but also makes it more memorable. It gives time to your audience to be able to correlate what you said to.
Silence can be used in correct rhythm with varying pace and volume. While presenting it has the potential to make your presentation legendary. Slow down to home in on a particular fact. Or speed up on opportune moments. Based on your audience and subject matter, they are all the difference between a master presenter and a rookie.
Facts & Examples
Another important aspect is to be able to have multiple facts in your cards. So that based on your audience reaction, you can stir your presentation to the right conclusion. It should deliver without losing sight of the goal.
It is very rare for anyone to have mastered all the skills of presentation. With a little time and practice anyone can learn to give effective presentations.
Do you use presentations during your client meetings? I hope that with the above points benefit in your next presentation. They can help ensure a good presentation. I would love to know what methods do you use to make your presentation better and effective.