Presentations have become an inseparable part of the corporate culture, starting from presentation to impress the client to the presentation that goes with your startup pitch. While some presenters have great presentation skills naturally, others learn it the hard way.
To make sure that you don’t miss an opportunity just because your presentation skills aren’t exceptional, have a look at the following tactics:
Don’t rely on the last minute preparations thinking “I’ve got this”, it will only degrade your presentation. Spare some time for preparing a presentation that is polished and has to-the-point content. The information should include authentic facts and figures in your professional presentation. Observably, PowerPoint is the most reliable tool when it comes to preparing presentations, however it’s better not to rely 100% on the slides as there’s nothing more boring than hearing a presenter simply read out the slides. As an alternative, prepare cue cards to provide a better insight into the matter.
Make sure the content is clear
Don’t include fancy fonts, which are not even readable with all those fringes. Make sure that you use your company fonts or some standard fonts like Arial or Times New Roman so that it is visible to all the people. Also, confirm that you use larger font size and suitable colors so that it doesn’t become a mishmash. Include proper headings and highlights to emphasize specific text. You can include relevant pictures that can elaborate the topic in a better way.
Watch your body language
One of the most important aspects of good presentation skills are great gestures and postures. Your gestures should relate with your words. But make sure that you don’t overdo it. Don’t use the same gesture redundantly and repeatedly. Your postures should portray that you are confident while presenting your ideas. Maintaining eye contact with your audience is another way to display confidence, but you need to monitor it and make certain that you don’t stare at some of the people and neglect others. If you get stuck in the middle of your presentation and are about to use fillers, replace them with a pause instead. Fillers are good, but pauses are surely better.
Be open to queries
After you are done with the presentation, let your audience know that you are open to queries and discussion, so that they feel free to ask a question or clear any doubt. You may also provide them with your contact details so that they can have a further discussion even after the session is over. You can also send some follow-up emails to thank them for their time and inquire about their interest further.