We should all be very familiar with presentations. I’m sure most have had their share of really amazing presentations, and presentations that weren’t so great. If you have a presentation coming up, you want to make sure you do everything you can to keep your audience engaged. Speaking in front of others can be a daunting task for some, but it doesn’t have to be.
To put your best foot forward during your next presentation, consider trying some of these presentation tips from PGi:
1. Get up
Although you may have never heard of the term Glossophobia, you may suffer from it. Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking and is the number one fear in North America. More people are afraid of speaking in public than dying! If the thought of speaking in front of a group of people is enough to make your knees feel weak, try to get up and walk around during your presentation. Walking around can sometimes help release nervous energy. It’s also a great way to keep the attention of your audience.
2. Stand Up
Standing up during a presentation helps keep your energy level high. If you’re sitting down, some of your meeting guests may not be able to see you, therefore they turn their attention to other things such as email, text messages or even games. Stand up and try to make eye contact with various audience members throughout your presentation.
3. Don’t overload your slides
When you have a lot of information packed into one slide, your presentation audience can begin to overwhelm people. Once you lost the attention of your guests, it will be very difficult to get it back. Try to keep only one main point on each slide with 15 words or fewer per slide.
4. Online meeting tools
Have you ever had to do a presentation with virtual attendees? It can be fun, but also a bit tricky. You want to make sure you’re using the best meeting tool that meets all of your needs. iMeet allows you to add personal elements to your presentation. You can choose from various interactive backgrounds, upload your personal picture for your profile and store videos, images and documents in the “file cabinet” and share with others. Are multiple presenters needed for a presentation? No problem. You can pass control with the click of a button.
5. Leave a little something behind
Before you conclude your presentation, make sure to leave something for your guests to think about. It can be something shocking or exciting. It can be a fun souvenir, an announcement or even a teaser. If you’re able to leave anything that will keep your presentation in the minds of those who attended, you’ll be able to keep them coming back for more.