Presentation SkillsHints and tips for presenting yourself and giving presentations
Part 1 - Presenting yourself
90% of the impression that we make is formulated within the first 60 seconds
Please shake hands with the person next to you
Making a good initial impression
Eye contactEyes are the "window to the soul"
Body Language and posture
Can power posing like Bolt make you a winner?
Your body language can shape who you areWe are used to thinking that our demeanour reflects our feeling, but the reverse is also true
We feel and think according to the way we hold our bodies
Standing in a posture of confidence, even when we dont feel confident can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain and may even have an impact on our chances for success
Attitude and Confidence
Voice ProductionIf your voice is dull and uninteresting the audience will switch offBear in mind the 3 "P's"Pitch - the note at which you speakPace - vary the rate to add colour and varietyPause - gives time to think, absorb, makes you appear in control, use for dramatic effect
Coping with nerves
Nerves are a necessary part of giving a good presentationThey give the presenter energy Even the most experienced of presenters feel nervousTurn negative fear into positive power
Part 2 - Presentations
Opening your presentationGet the attention of your audienceExplain to your audience what's in it for themTell the audience who you are and why you are speaking to themTell the audience the direction you are going to take
Know your audience- the closer you can tune in to your audiences wavelength, , the more impact you will make.
Beginning, middle and the summary of your arguments
Work out what you want to say in 2 or 3 sentences before elaborating your ideasImpact = clear recommendations, backed up by convincing arguments
Ending the presentationBefore we stop for lunch...Your audience should expect the end, so do signpost the conclusionThe last few words said by the speaker are what tends to stay with the audience, so make them memorableAvoid losing energy at the end - what's your "take home message?"
Ensure your presentation lasts the amount of time you've been allocated
Test it out
If presenting on ppt - email it to yourself as well as having it on a stick
Build rapportTake your time and enjoy!
How to sell yourself. Its not what you say, its the way that you say it !In an interview, by the time you have walked through the door, said hello and pulled out your chair, your interviewer will probably have come to some conclusions about you.We dont shake hands very often in day to day life , so its worth practising the act of walking into a room , introducing yourself and shaking hands.In normal situations it is natural to smile and look people in the eye, so dont forget to do it under pressure.Try to feel positive and take that into the room. Sit upright and lean ever so slightly into the room.Appearance does influence judgement, so its important to look your best and dress in a way that makes you feel comfortable and confident.Pauses are natural in everyday speech but tend to collapse under pressure. Insert them into your speech to sound confident and give your audience a chance to catch up with what you are saying.Begin by condensing your presentation or speech into a 50 word introduction, which not only clarifies your own thinking but whets your audiences appetite and reinforces their understanding of your message.For a job interview , research not only the job role, but the company and your interviewers. You may find that you haver common ground to connect over.Dont leave your preparation to the last minute. When you do , you run the risk of feeling rushed , defensive and out of control. Adding to any nerves you may suffer.An effective way to prepare is by exploring everything related to your audience in order to make an emotional connection with them.For a presentation ask yourself who are they? What do they want? Whats in it for them? Will thery feel reassured, excited, optimistic, positive , or moved by your pres?Follow the rule of 3: arrange your speech into 3 themes, each of which will have no more than 3 supporting statements.Keep your sentences short it will make them punchy and memorable.To perform well you must rehearse. Find somebody neutral who you can show your speech to. Their role is to tell you honestly how you came across in your rehearsal, and what they took out of it.Master the first few sentences of your intro off by heart until it sounds natural. When you feel at ease , your audience will feel at ease.Reinforce your message, end with a bang, give your audience something to remember you by, a repeatable phrase, an astounding video.