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fact, speaking well and getting your point across in clear and concise
manner are stronger factors in achieving high status in business than
education, length of experience or career field.
skills aren't just for top executives and CEO's anymore. They're necessary
for any person in business who wants to get their point across confidently,
clearly, and without nervousness, whether they're presenting a new idea ...
selling a product ... or making a presentation before a small group or board
two most crucial areas of successful presentations are planning and
includes understanding the audience, assessing their needs, establishing
objectives to meet their needs, researching the topic, designing the
presentation and making sure the facilities are adequate for the
presentation. To develop a
successful plan you need to answer the following questions.
of the success of a presentation is attributed to planning. If you don't
plan, all the tips and strategies you use won't make a difference.
includes the presenter's style and his or her ability in knowing how to use
verbal and nonverbal communication, questioning and reinforcement, group
interaction, and the appropriate use of humor. Some guidelines to make your
presentation a winner include:
Be sure to tell your audience why your presentation is relevant to them
Keep your presentation within or under the allotted time. Never go over
Make sure you have enough breaks. Research shows that adult concentration
Do not tell jokes unless you are a great storyteller ... and then make
certain that your
Eliminate all material that is not directly relevant to the central theme of
Your visual aids should be aids and not crutches. Do not overwhelm your
Maintain eye contact with your audience throughout your presentation.
Listen actively to audience
questions. Often the questioner is asking more than what
Always rephrase what you think the
question to be before you respond to it.
Show enthusiasm. People are more convinced by the enthusiasm of your message
Deliver presentations in your own style. To come across as genuine, sincere
Have an attention getting opener. You can do this by, asking a
question, sharing a
Use your voice and body language to make your message memorable. Only 7% of
Relieve anxiety by, organizing and planning, practicing, focusing on the
you are speaking to one person or hundreds, the success of your presentation
depends on more than what you have to say. How you say it and how you
interact with your audience will also determine their response. By following
the guidelines above, you'll be well on your way to planning and delivering
a winning presentation.
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