Tips to succeed in Presentation

Tips to succeed in Presentation

1 . Build a story

Presentations are boring when they present scads of information without any context or meaning. Instead, tell a story, with the audience as the main characters and, specifically, the heroes .

2 . Keep it relevant

Audiences only pay attention to stories and ideas that are immediately relevant. Consider what decision you want them to make, then build an appropriate case.

3 . Cut your intro

A verbose introduction that describes you, your firm, your topic, how you got there, only bores people. Keep your intro down to a sentence or two, even for a long presentation.

4 . Begin with an eye opener

Kick off your talk by revealing a shocking fact, a surprising insight, or a unique perspective that naturally leads into your message and the decision you want made.

5 . Keep it short and sweet

When was the last time you heard someone complain that a presentation was too short Make it half as long as you originally thought it should be or even shorter .

6 . Use facts not generalities

Fuzzy concepts reflect fuzzy thinking. Buttress your argument, story and message with facts that are quantifiable, verifiable, memorable and dramatic.

7 . Customize for every audience

One size fits all presentations are like one size fits all clothes; they never fit right and usually make you look bad. Every audience is different; your presentation should be too.

8 . Simplify your graphics

People shut off their brains when confronted with complicated drawings and tables. Use very simple graphics and highlight the data points that are important.

9 . Keep backgrounds in the background

Fancy slide backgrounds only make it more difficult for the audience to focus on whats important. Use a simple, single color, neutral color background.

10 . Use readable fonts

Dont try to give your audience to get an eyestrain headache by using tiny fonts. Use large fonts in simple faces like Arial ; avoid boldface, italics and ALL CAPS.