Whether you are interested in being a lawyer, a doctor, a teacher, a park ranger or a global development officer, your ability to effectively communicate and deliver informative and engaging presentations will be critical to your success. Public speaking is a concept that comes naturally for many professionals, while at the same time frightens even the most seasoned CEO.
Below are a few tips to help you prepare for your next public presentation:
- Practice, Practice, Practice: Whether you watch yourself in front of a mirror, use your friends as a mock audience or talk into a video camera, recognizing where you are likely to make a mistake or lacking informative material can help you execute a more engaging presentation.
- Less is More: Don't feel like the more facts, figures, tables and graphs you have is going to get your audience's attention. It's easier to get an audience's attention, than it is to keep an audience's attention. Unnecessary animation and graphics can take away from your primary message.
- Be Aware of Body Language: Another reason to video yourself is to see the physical image you will project to your audience. Being aware eye contact, arm and hand movement, facial expressions and pacing are all important elements to a successful presentation.
- Know When to Stop: An ending that drags on can ruin an entire presentation. Make sure you give your conclusion as much preparation as you give your body and introduction. Your conclusion should remind your audience what you just told them and shouldn't include any new information. Your audience will likely remember what your presentation was about if you remind them during the conclusion.
Below is a list of resources to further assist you with making strong presentations: