Sometimes it can be hard to give a presentation, regardless of if you are a geek, suit, or anywhere in between. It does not matter your background. Presenting can be nerve racking and even nauseating for some. Even with that, the majority will still have to give a few presentations in their life time. It is important to know how to present and how to present well to business people.
On inc.com and in the article, 5 Tips for Giving Really Amazing Presentations, Kevin Daum – Inc 500 entreprenure and best selling author – talks about, as the title gives way, giving really amazing presentations. Daum does this by first alluding to the two ends of the spectrum of who has to give presentations. Those who live for it and those who find presenting to be their worst nightmare. From there, he gives the five tips on how to do this. These are: One, give it focus; two, tell compelling stories; three, give an entertaining performance; four, use media to only enhance; and five, create a worthy leave-behind. Each one providing it’s own advantage individually, but collectively making what can be a really amazing presentation.
Further, in the video above, Ali Tube (As he calls himself) Talks about presenting and gives his own set of tips for how to do it. First, he says that the most important and number one thing to do is to practice your presentation before you give it. Second, he talks about body language and how to present with your body. Third, he covers engagement and interaction with the audience. Fourth, he says that the presenter needs to use some form of quiz or activity to so that the audience can relate and have something tangible. This also gives them the opportunity to think. Fifth, Ali discusses how the presenter should use various media. This means incorporating video’s or some type of interactive game. It is not just having a standard powerpoint. Sixth, he says that whatever the medium, to make sure to keep it simple. Ali then concludes with providing a link to a TED Talk that talks about body language and how that effects ones presentation.
More so, the authors form our book, The Geek Leader’s Handbook, Paul Glen and Maria McManus give a five step process for presenting. These five steps are:
- Clarify your goal
- Get into their heads
- Craft a transformation (write it)
- Present, connect, and resonate
- Conclude with a call to action
As you can see, to the right is infographic titled, 5 Essential Tools for Your Next Business Presentation. In it it echoes different points form the article, the video, and the text from our book. I don’t know about you, but the picture is pretty clear. Yea, some of the points vary, but the general underlying principles are the same and can be implemented by anyone who desires to present better. All of this can be learned. It is just a mater of sitting down, learning the principals, and then practicing and implementing them. For some it may come easier than others, but let that not discourage those who struggle, but be an encouragement knowing that no matter the amount of time it takes, it can be done. More power be to those who do not give up and to those who are always learning and expanding their knowledge. Become a better presenter and do it for the sake of learning.
P.S. scroll down… there is another infographic. Some food for thought. I hope you read through it and enjoy!