Can’t Miss “Five Star” Presentations!
Presenting in front of colleagues, prospects or customers can be very difficult if not terrifying. But it does not have to be. As a Toastmaster for 18 months now, I am continually looking for ways to improve my presentations.
It is a work in process, and thankfully each time I get up in front of an audience is a step in the right direction.
Here are five things that I focus on each time I present:
- Preparation – I know; sounds crazy but it really does make a difference! Practice ahead of time and make sure audio-visual equipment is working before you start
- Timing and organization – Be respectful of people’s busy schedules and don’t go over time. Always have a question and answer period near the end, but close with your own summary
- Less is more – NEVER put too much information on a PowerPoint slide. Information overload tunes people out!
- What is your value – Smile often, be engaging and limit dead air. These speeches tend to get monotonous and boring. Stand out!
- Information gathering – Have a sign in sheet. This is a great way to confirm contact information and follow-up at a later date
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Posted on June 4, 2013, in Five Star 5, Toastmasters and tagged Fear of Public Speaking, Leadership, Preparation, Presentations, Public Speaking, Sales, Time management, Value. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
#3 is a fab tip Tim – more visual less words gets the creative thoughts happening & sticking in the minds of your audience!
Thanks Gail! Certainly more is less is something I remind myself of often! Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Enjoy the rest of your day.
Well said Timmy! Especially the part about too much info on PowerPoint. It amazes me that some people still feel that they need to out every point in full sentences on a crowded PowerPoint presentation. As long as you know your stuff, less is more with PowerPoint.
Thanks buddy! Yeah I am always amazed when people cram too much on a PowerPoint slide. It just creates clutter and I literally can’t look at it. Less certainly does mean more! Thanks for stopping by.
Great points Tim, I present often and you are right on the money with these points!
Glad you liked it!
Enjoy your Wednesday