Speaking Out Loud

Techniques to Improve Presentation Skills

Anxiety reducing techniques

When giving a presentation the speaker should keep in mind that the audience is not their enemy.

Presenters can reduce anxiety by first changing their view of the audience; presenters should look at the audience as collaborators.

Then, involve the audience by asking questions, etc.

  • Don’t panic
  • Counting to three-five or six times
  • Pass the responsibilities
  • Remember honesty
  • Avoid Freezing

Fear

Fear is a common factor which impacts the delivery of most presentations.

A way to improve presentation delivery, reduce anxiety and fear is to practice deep breathing techniques.

Deep breathing exercises, counting, etc. reduces anxiety and avoids the going blank phenomenon

Silence

As a presenter, it is important to know that you don’t have to fill every moment but you should avoid long periods of silence.

If you need a minute to gather your thoughts, multitask-pause if needed 5-10 seconds.

  • Avoid silence
  • Gather your thoughts
  • Express yourself
  • Be honest with the audience

Beginning the Presentation

Have a really good introduction into the presentation, strive past the first minute, throw out questions, relate to personal experiences, concerns, familiarity.

  • Start with a strong introduction
  • Get through the first minute
  • Involve the audience

Positive visualization

Imagine a successful outcome to the presentation, imagine the applause and a job well done.

When you remain positive you have better chances of achieving success.

  • Change your view
  • Be positive
  • Pass the responsibilities

Overall presentation

A presentation is about the “Big Picture” keep the presentation short and elaborate through handouts or memos.

Keep in mind that this presentation is for giving information, it is not all about you.

During a lecture offer a story or anecdote.

Switch it up after five minutes, change tone, ask for feedback.

  • Big picture
  • Collaboration
  • Build constant variation
  • Water/stretch break
  • Feedback

Dealing with the unexpected

There may be challenging people during presentations but the best way to deal with them is to not be combative but embrace the tough questions.

Involve other audience members for their view.

Be persuasive but not combative-postpone disagreement

  • Remain calm
  • Utilize backup plan
  • Generate and discuss questions

Lateral persuasion

It is imperative to be successful in communication, both verbal and non verbal.

Once a person obtains good communication skills they can master their presentation skills.

This can be achieved by keeping in mind that the audience are collaborators and they can have a positive impact on your presentation.

Pay attention  to cues and nonverbal communication

Less is more-use handouts-memos

  • Informative approach
  • non defensive-examples, personal stories, testimonials

-Maya

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