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Tips and Tricks for a Great Presentation

Presentations can be the cause of major anxiety – but, there’s good news – it doesn’t have to be that way! Below are some tips and tricks to help alleviate anxiety and ensure you’re presentation is a huge hit.

  1. Be Prepared – presentations can be stressful. Don’t make it harder on yourself by not being ready. Being properly prepared can increase confidence and set you up for success.
    • Prepare what you’ll say and practice it. Don’t just go “off the cuff.”
    • Know your information inside and out and think about potential questions you may get asked and prepare your responses.
    • Arrive early to allow yourself plenty of time to set up the room and your presentation materials.
    • Always bring back-up or extra materials (i.e., back up of your slides, power cables, adapters, laser pointer, batteries, etc.). Knowing you’re prepared for any situation will help you feel more confident.
    • Practice your presentation a few times from start to finish so you know you’ll stay within your allotted speaking time.
  2. Clearly Communicate Information – Ensure your content and messaging is easy to understand and appropriate for your audience.
    • To best prepare your content you may want to start with an outline and identify what is the most critical information to covey.
    • If you don’t already know the audience you’ll be speaking to, find out! Then tailor your message to meet the needs and knowledge base of your audience.
    • Your verbal and visual materials (e.g., powerpoint slides) should be clear, concise, and easy to understand.
  3. Create Materials that Help Support Your Message –The audience should know your take away message from beginning to end. Always have a “bottom line” to lead and finish your presentation. Make sure your slides:
    • Tell a story. Each slide should align as if it is the next chapter in a book.
    • Keep your slides simple and to the point and elaborate on your message through your speech.
    • Any graphics you use should help enhance your message.
    • Consider the space on each slide. Make text large enough to read and add photos or graphics that break up the text or enhance the background to highlight the message.

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.“

– Peter Drucker

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