Public speaking is something that a lot of people struggle with. If you are one of those individuals it is perfectly normal to be nervous about public speaking. Getting up in front of a room full of people is nerve-wracking, especially if you do not know the people you are speaking to. However, there are some ways that you can prepare for any kind of presentation you may be given to reduce your nerves.
Add Some Style to Your Presentation
Adding some style to your presentation can allow you to be more comfortable with your presentation and it can allow for a little bit more entertainment for your audience. When a presentation is full of slides that have hundreds of words on them it can be hard for an audience to stay engaged with your presentation.
Some examples of style elements that you could add to a presentation include pictures, graphics to represent data, or 3D animation. If you are giving a typical presentation that involves some kind of slide show, then pictures and graphics are the way to go. This can add a visual element to your presentation that can allow for a better understanding of the material that you are covering.
If you are recording a video presentation, then you may want to look into 3D video animation production. 3D animation can allow for better picture quality, and it can lead to a more captivated audience.
Make Eye Contact
Eye contact goes a long way in making sure your audience is engaged and processing what you are saying. If you are presenting various information to a group of people and you are staring at your slides or notes that you have written down, then they may lose interest in your presentation.
Eye contact not only helps the audience stay engaged, but it holds them accountable for paying attention. An audience member may be more inclined to mess around on their phone, or doodle if you are staring at the floor. Also, maintaining eye contact can allow you to better project your voice. When you are having a normal conversation with someone you are looking at them and speaking to them so they can hear you. Your presentation should be no different.
Memorize the Content
Memorizing the content can be a big stress reducer when it comes to giving the presentation. Being familiar with the content that you are talking about allows you to have more confidence when it comes time to teach others about that topic. The more you know, the better you will be able to explain it to others.
Also, when you are very familiar with the subject matter of your presentation, then there is no reason for you to carry notes up with you. Your presentation should serve as your guide, where you make bullet points for talking points you want to touch on. You then address those points with other information that you have memorized.
Prepare for Any Possible Questions
This also relates to memorizing the content of your presentation. If you want to impress a teacher or your boss, then you will be prepared for any type of question that is thrown your way. The only way to do this is to familiarize yourself with the material.
A good way to prepare yourself for the actual presentation is to ask yourself what questions you would have or ask a friend what questions they might have about the presentation. If you have answers prepared for questions before giving the presentation, then it will be easy to answer them when they arise.
Practice Your Presentation Before Giving It
The final tip is to practice your presentation. You should practice presenting to make sure that you cover all the information you need to promptly. A presentation does not need to drag on for an extended period due to rambling, and it also should not be super short because you forgot to cover certain material.
You should practice your presentation and make notes of potential information to include/exclude, and possible ways to shorten/lengthen your presentation.
Whether you are giving a presentation to your classmates and teacher at school, or you are presenting information to business associates, these five tips will help you nail your next presentation.