It is my firm conviction that presentations in any form, catering to a larger spectrum of the elite and educative crowd has it’s own charismatic influence in a very subtle yet appealing manner. Many might beg to differ, but my stand on this aspect of the competency remains unruffled.
The following are a MUST for any presentation (not necessarily in the prescribed order):
- Never have apprehensions, they could prove to be hindrances.
- As a presenter, you are the boss and take charge nonchalantly. Be confident.
- Keep the ‘WIFM’ factor in mind and stick to basics.
- Thumb rule – Look in to the eyes of the audience and convey the acceptability factor.
- Decide the mode of your presentation: Your oratory skills or the content displayed. Crowd would never be interested in both.
- Always have the time in check; it’s obvious to get carried away but you do not have the prerogative to snatch somebody else’s allotment.
- Keep the introduction short and sweet; do not let them count the chickens before they hatch.
- Start emphatically and end with a purpose.
- Interact with the target audience and make them feel comfortable; your intention is to engage them fruitfully, not to guide them to monotony.
- Sense of humor is always an added advantage; never try to overdo it.
- Never dominate but be assertive and remind them that you call the shots here.
- Passion facilitates but emotions could deplete your vigor. Energy supplied should be used to gain momentum and garner the right content.
This is a result of my exposure to attain expertise and I am hopeful that it would add the required sheen to the fraternity of speakers who intend to deliver with panache.