Do's and Don'ts of Giving a Killer Presentation

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Discover essential tips for giving a killer Presentation and make your next presentation as successful as possible.

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The Do's and Don'ts of Giving a:

The Do's and Don'ts of Giving a KILLER   PRESENTATION

DO’s:

DO’s

Plan the Multimedia:

Plan the Multimedia The people in your audience are already listening to you live; why would they want to simultaneously watch your talking-head clip on a screen?

Frame Your Story:

Frame Your Story A successful talk is a little miracle—people see the world differently afterward.

Deliver Strong Opening:

Deliver Strong Opening

End with Fire:

End with Fire

Start With the Problem:

Start With the Problem Always begin a presentation by explaining how your product or service addresses the audience’s pain points.

Make a Visual Slide and Share Complex Data Visually:

Make a Visual Slide and Share Complex Data Visually

Edit yourself.:

Edit yourself. You could talk about your company forever, but don't. Presentations are meant to educate and intrigue, not to bore.

Minimize word count.:

Minimize word count. P ut no more than 10 words on each slide. Minimizing text on the slide also minimizes distractions

Know and Relate to the audience.:

Know and Relate to the audience. Use personal stories, examples and custom demos to help your audience relate to you.

Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.:

Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Do not just think you can wing a presentation. You need to rehearse and then warm up. Feeling comfortable and practiced will help calm your nerves and keep you from freezing onstage .

Follow up, stand out.:

Follow up, stand out. Once the presentation has ended, don’t let your communication skills fall flat.

DON’T:

DON’T

Try to be funny if you’re not.:

Try to be funny if you’re not. While well intended, humor doesn’t always translate onstage, particularly if it’s not practiced. Rather than trying to dress up a presentation with unnecessary elements, focus on delivering an impactful, engaging message and you will succeed every time.

Focus on a big stunt.:

Focus on a big stunt. Often presentations, are limited to a few short minutes. Rather than waste time trying to execute a stunt that has nothing to do with your product or company, spend those precious minutes talking about what you actually have to offer.

Leave your personality backstage.:

Leave your personality backstage. People want to feel a personal connection to your brand. They want to feel like they are doing business with an actual person rather than a company. That human element has to come from you.

Read your slides.:

Read your slides. Do not ever do this. Even the most well-practiced presenter comes off sounding monotonous and boring when reading slides. Plus, breaking eye contact with your audience is a surefire way to lose their interest. 

Waste their time.:

Waste their time. People attend presentations with a specific objective in mind: to learn. Don’t waste their time by talking about irrelevant information or showcasing unnecessary “flair.”

Forget to prepare for questions.:

Forget to prepare for questions. Often speakers focus on the presentation so intently they forget to prepare for the Q&A session afterwards.

Using Crowded Slides.:

Using Crowded Slides. The most interesting part of a pitch should not be the deck — it should be your expertise. Busy PowerPoint Slides force audience to ignore your words while they translate your slides.

Telling Your Story from the Wrong Perspective.:

Telling Your Story from the Wrong Perspective. Investors are interviewing you for the role of money manager; they want a plan told in a story-like format they can remember.

Thank You:

Thank You

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