Constellation #136: Amping Up Presentation Skills

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Presenting information clearly and effectively is a key skill to get your message or opinion across and, today, presentation skills are required in almost every field.

Whether you are a student, administrator or executive, if you wish to start up your own business, apply for a grant or stand for an elected position, you may very well be asked to make a presentation. This can be a very daunting prospect. Our guide is designed to help.

If, in this position, the first thing you do is open up PowerPoint, then you should probably first spend some time developing your presentation skills.  Delivering an inspirational or captivating presentation requires a lot of preparation and work, and you may not even need PowerPoint at all!

Many people feel terrified when asked to make their first public talk, but these initial fears can be reduced by good preparation which will also lay the groundwork for making an effective presentation.

Quick Guide to Effective Presentations

If you really need to learn quickly, then a really good place to start is with our Top Tips for Effective Presentations.

This will give you some ‘quick wins’ that will help you improve your presentations, and if you’re already an experienced presenter, hopefully take them from good to great.

Our tips include general ideas about connecting with your audience, through information about the importance of voice and body language, to detailed tips about preparing slide-shows.

But the most important tip of all?

It’s all about your audience.

Keep that in mind, and your presentation skills will almost instantly improve.

If you have more time to develop your presentation skills…

…then the Presentation Skills section of SkillsYouNeed is designed to help.

Our Presentation Skills section is split into two parts.

The first gives you a step-by-step guide to making a professional and effective presentation.

The second provides more detailed information about presenting and communicating in particular circumstances.

Our step-by-step guide includes the following areas:

What is a Presentation?

A presentation is a means of communication which can be adapted to various speaking situations, such as talking to a group, addressing a meeting or briefing a team. To be effective, step-by-step preparation and the method and means of presenting the information should be carefully considered.

See What is a Presentation?

Preparing a Presentation

Preparation is the most important part of making a successful presentation.  This is the crucial foundation and there should be no short-cuts.

See Preparing A Presentation.

Organising the Presentation Material

Irrespective of whether the occasion is formal or informal, you should always aim to give a clear, well-structured delivery.

You should know exactly what you want to say and the order in which you want to say it.  Clarity of ideas and good organisation should result in a lively, logical and compelling message.

See Organising the Material.

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