Presentations are created for the purpose of providing education to those that watch or listen to them. Whether the individual is a seasoned professional in presentations, or they’ve never given one before, there are some useful tips that can make any type of presentation, a good one.
An effective presentation is considered to be 55% non-verbal communication, 38% down to the presenter’s voice, and only 7% of the content. That may be surprising for some, but stats never lie!
Let’s look at how to give the best presentations possible when it comes to business.
Use equipment that works well
When it comes to presentations, it’s all about being heard. As mentioned above, a considerable amount of voice is influential in giving an effective presentation. So, using a lav microphone which is known for being clear in its delivery of sound, is better than using a bog-standard one that IT found in the back of their cupboard.
Make sure the equipment being used is also good when it comes to the visual aspects of the presentation. No one likes a fuzzy projector screen or a computer that keeps cutting the presentation out after five or ten minutes of it being stationary.
Edit presentations on Canva
Canva is a great provider when it comes to editing software and has its own dedicated section for those looking to create and edit presentations. A lot of the presentation is likely to be ignored or dismissed, so it’s important to use strong visuals in order to capture the audience’s attention for as long as possible during the presentation.
The benefit of a platform like Canva is that it’s free to use and it doesn’t need downloading.
Speak clearly and use cue cards for reference points
When it comes to presenting, make sure to speak clearly so that even those at the very back of the room can hear you. Of course, the microphone is going to help amplify the voice but at the same time, if that microphone stopped working, a booming voice that’s well articulated is important to have.
Make sure to also use cue cards as reference points throughout the presentation. That way, if the presenter were to get lost, it can easily be picked back up without much hassle.
Maintain eye contact among listeners
Eye contact is a must when it comes to presentations. Focus this eye contact on those who help relax the individual speaking.
Smile and use open body language gestures
Whether the presentation takes place in the workplace or at a conference in another location, get comfortable. Smile where it feels natural to do so and use open body language gestures. This is going to help the audience feel relaxed as they watch the presentation and they’ll likely smile back, giving a presenter that confidence they need to feel more empowered.
A great presentation is good for business
When presentations are effective in their delivery, they are great for business. Make sure to use these tips to help elevate and enhance all future presentations going forward.