I have spoken at numerous seminars and public events across the South West with audiences ranging from a small group to over 200 invited delegates. At these I am often asked what tips I would give for a perfect presentation, so here you go my top six tips for the perfect presentation.
1) Research the location – it is no good turning up at the last minute just expecting to be ready to go, so firstly check the location out online if you’ve never been before, Google them what have another presenters had to say? are the acoustics ok, will you need extra cables for your laptop? Then when you’re ready to go arrive in plenty of time to setup and get everything ready to go. I have been to many seminars where I have been promised the earth and had to layout the room myself or go and find a screen and even make the coffee – so be prepared for anything and everything.
2) Know your audience – for any attendees their reasons for being at your event will all be different, some will be to learn (we hope!) some because they have been told to go along some maybe to fill an exam requirement. So if they have given time for you (maybe even paid) then be prepared to give time for them so they can leave knowing the time spent with you has been valuable.
3) Entertain -We all know that your audience wants to learn, but in order for them to soak up all the knowledge you’re giving them, they need to be interested and paying attention. This is why it’s important to incorporate some humor and a compelling story into your presentation. So tell personal stories, mention your pets, and mention your children, all to find a way to make a personal connection with the audience to keep them engaged.
4) Energy – There is nothing worse than going to a potentially great event that has a dull speaker, someone monotonous and boring that just drones on as if he or she is reading from a script (they probably are). If you don’t want to be there then what do you think your audience will get from the event? So give off lots of positive energy, love what you do and show it – the testimonial below (one of many) I wouldn’t have received if the attendee didnt really get something from the event.
5) Allow for responses – If you have done your research beforehand you should not only have a good understanding of all the attendees, their job roles, maybe even expectations but also any issues they may bring up – have they recently moved from a big employer to a small business or is the business they work for growing so they are out seeking answers. Either way you need to allow for the audience to respond positively or negatively and be able to deal with this.
6) Allow for good and bad – As with all things in life you are are bound to get someone that either disagrees with you or is a bit of a know it all, either way I do think you need to be prepared to let them speak/contribute as the group will more often than not answer them on your behalf if you are doing a good job. I ran a facebook seminar when someone shouted up questioning the data you give to feedback and how they didn’t agree with it at all, before I could say a word a lady piped up ‘ then why are you here then’ the response ‘my employer told me i had to come’ and I said nothing, the group did it for me.
These 6 tips are not worth anything without practice from you on getting it right, you can have the most amazing presentation on the most fabulous latest tablet but if you present in a poor or ineffective way and dont embrace at least some of what I have written here then I think that you are missing a great opportunity. If you want to see some of my testimonials you can through the site here and or you can get in touch through the site here and we can talk about bringing a fun and interactive training session to your next team meeting or sales group.