Good and Bad presentations!

So last week we got a demonstration from Paul Smith on a bad presentation. He did not tell us that this was his plan, so after he had given this bad presentation we had to pick out what was bad about it. Here are some of the things you should and shouldn’t do whilst delivering a presentation

  • You should never start your presentation off with an apology ( such as saying that it isn’t going to be that good, and that you have just put it together at the last minute.)
  • Your phone should be off or on silent, if it is extremely important than just excuse yourself for a few minutes (but try to avoid this.)
  • You must make sure you introduce yourself and tell the audience what the presentation is going to be about.
  • Your voice must have a tone of confidence as this allows you to look comfortable with what you are talking about.
  • Do not just read off of the powerpoint.
  • Do NOT put loads of information on your slides, have a few bullet points in which you can elaborate on.
  • Allow the audience to feel involved by asking if they have any question.
  • Keep an order to your presentation, so you do not have to keep ‘flicking’ through the slides to find what you are looking for.
  • Before even starting your presentation, you would be surprised at how having the correct lighting in the room can improve the atmosphere of the presentation, and it also allows the screen to be more clearer to the audience. So just dim the lights down a little.

A lot of people can be extremely nervous when asked to deliver a presentation so here are some things in order to help you relax a little.

  • Make sure your prepared – the more you know about the content of your presentation, the more you will be able to keep it moving and flowing.
  • If you find yourself nervous, a great thing to do is focus on a friend within the audience, this adds a form of support that will help tremendously.
  • Allow yourself to pause throughout the presentation, this gives you time to think about what you are going to say next, and it also allows a mild form of suspense.
  • However, the most common thing people tend to forget is to ‘BREATH’. Yes this sounds bizarre, but a lot of people forget to breath and they end up talking so fast that no one is able to process the information being given.
  • There is also nothing wrong with have a little bit of humour throughout the presentation as long as it is relevant.
  • The most important thing is to REHEARSE, REHEARSE, REHEARSE and then REHEARSE SOME MORE!!!

Below is an extremely inspiring speech by Steve Jobs in which contains some of the techniques I have previously mentioned.

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