Tips to succeed in presentation

Build a story
1. 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 . .....
Keep it relevant
2. 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. .....
Cut your intro
3. 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. .....
Begin with an eye opener
4. 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. .....
Keep it short and sweet
5. 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 . .....
Use facts not generalities
6. Fuzzy concepts reflect fuzzy thinking. Buttress your argument, story and message with facts that are quantifiable, verifiable, memorable and dramatic. .....
Customize for every audience
7. 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. .....
Simplify your graphics
8. People shut off their brains when confronted with complicated drawings and tables. Use very simple graphics and highlight the data points that are important. .....
Keep backgrounds in the background
9. Fancy slide backgrounds only make it more difficult for the audience to focus on whats important. Use a simple, single color, neutral color background. .....
Use readable fonts
10. 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. .....
Dont get too fancy
11. You want your audience to remember your message, not how many special effects and visual gimcracks you used. In almost all cases, the simpler the better. .....
Check your equipment in advance
12. If you must use PowerPoint, or plan on showing videos or something, check to make sure that the setup really works. Then check it again. Then one more time. .....
Speak to the audience
13. Great public speakers keep their focus on the audience, not their slides or their notes. Focusing on the audience encourages them to focus on your and your message. .....
Never read from slides
14. Guess what Your audience can read. If youre reading from your slides, youre not just being boring youre also insulting the intelligence of everyone in the room. .....
Dont skip around
15. Nothing makes you look more disorganized than skipping over slides, backtracking to previous slides, or showing slides that dont really belong. If there are slides that dont fit, cut them out of the presentation in advance. .....
Leave humor to the professionals
16. Unless youre really good at telling jokes, dont try to be a comedian. Remember: When it comes to business presentations, polite laughter is the kiss of death. .....
Avoid obvious wormholes
17. Every audience has hot buttons that command immediate attention and cause every other discussion to grind to a halt. Learn what they are and avoid them. .....
Skip the jargon
18. Business buzzwords make you sound like youre either pompous, crazy, or worst case speaking in tongues. Cut them out both from your slides and from your vocabulary. .....
Make it timely
19. Schedule presentations for a time when the audience can give you proper attention. Avoid end of day, just before lunch, and the day before a holiday. .....
Prepare some questions
20. If youre going to have a Q And A at the end of your presentation, be prepared to get the ball rolling by having up a question or two up your sleeve. .....
Have a separate handout
21. If theres data that you want the audience to have, put it into a separate document for distribution after your talk. Dont use your slide deck as a data repository. .....
He tells a good story
22. Jobs builds suspense by keeping the iPad 2 announcement to the end of his part of the presentation. He leads up to the big deal, rather than telling them what youre going to say, saying it, and then telling them what you said. .....
He doesnt use jargon
23. Jobs language is straightforward, direct, and enthusiastic. He uses little or no jargon occasionally a tech term will creep in, but then he is the head of a high tech company and keeps his remarks grounded in real activities of real people. Hes always telling us what his gadgets can do, not what esoteric features they have. .....
Finally he has fun
24. A speakers enthusiasm is infectious literally, because we have mirror neurons in our heads that share the emotions we see around us. If the speaker is nervous, we get nervous. If the speaker is jazzed, we get jazzed. Thats why a Jobs presentation is fun to watch. .....
Powerful Opening
25. Open up with a bang. You want to immediately engage your listeners and set the tone for the presentation. Make sure to plan your statement carefully and deliver a startling statement statistic or fact that you can drive home with sincere appreciation. .....
Introduction
26. After your opening, you should always briefly overview your agenda for the presentation and introduce all the members of the team. There are two different ways you can go about your introductions. The team leader can briefly introduce each member of the team and their respective role in the project, or each person can briefly state their own name and what their role will be in the project. .....
Handoffs
27. Part of your preparation for the presentation should go towards planning your handoffs. A poor handoff may slow down the flow of your presentation and confuse the audience. To help ease the transition, you should keep to a strict time frame for each speaker and use verbal cues to indicate that the next speaker is coming up: In a minute, Bob will tell us how the timeline will work. As a presenter, make sure you are listening so that you hear your cue. .....
Team Question and Answer Session
28. An effectively facilitated question and answer session will leave a lasting and positive impression on your listeners. It is important in a team presentation to plan and prepare for this session. Take some time to predetermine which questions subjects of questions will be answered by which team member. Also, determine a cue that will let your team members know to add on to your point. .....
Close with an Impact
29. It is important that you end your presentation on a high note. The closing of your presentation will reinforce the message you want your audience to take away with them. You want to have one person, typically the leader, close for the team. At the conclusion of the closing, make sure that you efficiently gather any materials and equipment that you used. .....
Do your homework
30. Nobody can give a good presentation without putting in some serious time preparing remarks. Many gifted speakers look as if theyre just talking off the cuff, saying whatever comes to mind. But, in truth, theyve spent considerable time figuring out what theyre going to say. You should, too. .....
Star Tip
31. Its always a good idea to try out your presentation on your professor or TA before giving it in class. Office hours work well for this. .....
Play the parts
32. Good presentations are structured in sections. Many presentations need only two or three main points. Organizing your points into a few main parts and telling your audience what these parts are both before and as you go through your presentation can be the difference between a winning presentation and a loser. .....
Do a dry run
33. Its always good to do a run through or even a couple of run throughs the night before the presentation. This can help with both your timing and your manner of presentation. Be sure to make mental notes if you went on too long or got nervous or stuck. Some people find it useful to have a friend pretend to be the audience: He or she can build up your confidence and maybe even ask a question or two. .....
Look presentable
34. No need to wear a suit, but its hard for people to take a presentation seriously when you look like someone who just rolled out of bed. .....
Talk dont read
35. Nobody enjoys seeing a speaker burying his or her face in a script, reading stiffly from a piece of paper. Try to talk from notes, or, if you use a written out text, try to look down at it only occasionally. Its less important that you capture the text word for word than that you present the main ideas in a natural and relaxed way. Your practice sessions should help you here, since they enable you to better remember what you want to say. .....
Take it slow
36. The single biggest mistake inexperienced speakers make is going too fast. Remember that your audience is hearing the material for the first time and isnt nearly as familiar with the topic as you are. .....
Extra Pointer
37. If you find yourself running out of time, either drop or briefly summarize any leftover material. If your presentation includes a discussion period, gesture at the points you havent fully covered and suggest them as things that could be discussed later. .....
Use aids
38. For certain sorts of presentations, visual aids such as PowerPoints, handouts, even things written on the board can help your audience locate and grasp the main points. Just be sure to explain these materials fully in your presentation: No one is happy to see an outline that cant be made heads or tails of. .....
Dont bury the crowd
39. Including massive numbers of quotations or unfathomable amounts of data can overwhelm even the most attentive audience. .....
Be yourself
40. As important as the content you present is your authenticity in presenting it, so dont try to be someone youre not. Youll never succeed. .....
Play it straight
41. Theres no harm in including a little humor in your presentations, especially if you can carry it off well. But in most college presentations, clowns will get Cs. .....
Circle the crowd
42. A very important part of public speaking is to make eye contact with people seated in all parts of the room even those nodding off in the back. That shows people that youre interested in communicating with them not just getting through this experience as quickly as possible. And it wouldnt hurt to go out from in back of the podium or desk and walk around the room a little. Sharing space with the audience can also communicate your interest in sharing your results with them, something you surely want to do. .....
Appear relaxed
43. You dont have to actually be relaxed few speakers are but at least try to appear as relaxed as possible. Bring along some water or a drink, take short breaks from time to time, and think pleasant thoughts. No one enjoys speakers who are trembling and sweating bullets. .....
Professors Perspective
44. Some professors throw up before having to lecture. It doesnt happen often thankfully but take consolation in knowing that even very experienced speakers find it tense to give a lecture. .....
Finish strong
45. Always be sure to have a satisfying conclusion to your presentation in which you make clear to the listeners what they now know. It creates a warm feeling in the minds of your listeners and shows them that theyve really learned something from your talk which they probably have. .....
Welcome interruptions
46. Some speakers are terrified that someone will interrupt them with a question or comment. Actually, this is one of the best things that can happen, because it shows that someone in the audience has engaged with what youre saying, and, if you have the time to offer a brief response, it can actually lead to genuine progress on the point you were making. And two way conversation assuming youre minimally good at it is always a tension reducer. .....
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