Most people find the thought of making a presentation daunting. Here you will find presentation ideas to help you prepare.
Get your message across with impact by thinking outside the box and being creative at the planning stage.
Ask yourself these questions to help you plan:
Is it to inform? persuade? sell? Decide what outcome you want and work backwards.
They will be tuned into WIIFM radio - Whats In It For Me. Put yourself in their shoes. Why should they listen to you? What level do you need to pitch it at? Don't confuse them with unfamiliar jargon.
How much time do you have? A common mistake is to try and cram too much into the presentation, so that the audience leave confused. What is your venue like? Will you be able to use presentation equipment and other aids? How many people will the venue comfortably seat?
Structure your presentation into three parts: an introduction, a main body and a conclusion. Remember to KISS (Keep it Short and Simple OR Keep It Simple Stupid!). Here are some presentation ideas to help you prepare:
Only a strong ending is a good ending. Summarise the key points. Think about what you want the audience to remember when they leave the room.
Plan to start with a thought provoking question, an interesting fact, a funny story or cartoon that relates to the topic. Explain what they can expect from you, how long the presentation will take and how you will handle questions. Practice your introduction in front of a mirror or partner or friend until it sounds right.
Decide whether to structure the main body of your presentation in chronological order, or order of importance. Take out the detail and put it into a hardcopy or softcopy handout.
Have a clear break between one point and the next. A maximum of five to six points is as much as an audience can take. Remember, they will lose concentration after 20 minutes of listening to you.
Bring your presentation to life by painting pictures in the mind of your audience. For example: "we have a lot of work to do" sounds better as "we have a long road to travel" or "we have a steep mountain to climb".
Many presenters automatically choose Powerpoint as a visual aid. DON'T fall into the trap of using it as a reading lesson. Your audience should be focused on YOU, not a screen.
To get best use of Powerpoint:
Think about using other aids to give your presentation impact. Here are some presentation ideas that appeal to the senses :
Making effective business presentations is a vital tool to improve communication in the workplace. Being able to present well is largely a result of good preparation and planning, followed by lots of practice. Watch other successful presenters and learn presentation ideas from them. Take the time to prepare and plan your presentation well, and your audience will respect you for that.
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