Presenting information clearly and effectively is a key skill to get your message or opinion across and, today, presentation skills are required in almost every field.
The greatest advice about presentation is – “Be enthusiastic and honest, and the audience will respond.”
Your voice can reveal as much about your personal history as your appearance.
Whether you are an experienced presenter, or just starting out, there should be ideas here to help you to improve.
Preparing for your presentation:
Content (e.g., clear message; focused on audience’s interests; timely)
Compelling facts, figures, and/or quotations
Presentation materials (e.g., whiteboard, PowerPoint, video, handouts, props)
Speaker’s notes (If you use them, how effective are they?)
Getting sufficient rest beforehand
Delivering your presentation:
Appearance (clothing, accessories, grooming)
Eye contact (cultural appropriateness notwithstanding)
Hand gestures (i.e., natural movements; no fidgeting)
Other movements (e.g., getting onstage, walking around during presentation)
Vocal variety (e.g., tone, volume, pace)
Natural vocal pitch (i.e., not higher or lower than your normal speaking voice)
Speaking concisely (no rambling)
Minimal verbal filler (e.g., um, er, you know)
Giving a clear outline of what’s ahead (when applicable)
Using visual aids (i.e., not turning your back to your audience; advancing your slides)
Summarizing key points (when applicable)
Handling challenging situations (e.g., technical difficulties, longwinded question askers)
Time management (i.e., sticking to allotted time slot; not rushing)