Soft Skills

10 Tips on Making Presentation

Presentations have become a regular part of many selection processes. While the advance strategies may incorporate more Art & Craft, some tips are fundamental & applicable everywhere.
1)    Dress smartly  & appropriate to the occasion. Keep cultural etiquettes always in your mind while dressing.
2)    Say hello and smile when you greet the audience.
3)    Use silence to emphasize points. However do not bore your audience with frequent usage of fillers like“I meant to say that …” or too may      Mmmmm’s and Hmmm’s.
4)    Keep within the allotted time for your talk. Sticking to allotted time shows your commitment and preparation.
5)    Eye contact is crucial to holding the attention of your audience.
6)    Walk around a little and gesture with your hands. However limit excessive movements and have clear dictionary of inappropriate gestures.
7)    Try storytelling if you are good in narration.
8)    It’s OK to use humour, in moderation depending on subjects you are presenting.
9)    Build variety into the talk: Apparently, the average person has a three minute attention span! So they are sure to go away till you enchant them with something that acts as a wakeup call.

Important: It's normal to be a little nervous. Take it easy!

Spotlight EffectResearch by T Gilovich (Cornell University) found that people who feel embarrassed are convinced their mistakes are much more noticeable than they really are: we focus on our own behavior more than other people do and so overestimate it's impact. This is called the Spotlight Effect. If you make a mistake, don't apologize too much, just briefly acknowledge the mistake and continue on.

Presentation1.    For a presentation always consider:a good presentation
•    Who are the audience?

•    What points do I want to get across?
•    How much time have I got?
•    What visual aids are available?
•    PowerPoint/ projector/flip chart /iPads etc.
    Don’t unnecessarily use these props.
2.    Don't try to pack too much content in your presentation. You will talk non- stop trying to get all your content and the audience will switch off with information overload long before the end.
3.    Always towards the end of your presentation.
•    Briefly summarise your main points.
•    Seek for questions & answer them.
•    Thank the audience for listening.
4.    The end should be on a strong or positive note.

In preparing your talk, first jot down any interesting points you want to include in your talk, put these in a logical sequence, then try to find an interesting title, and a good introduction and ending.

                                    Important: It's normal to be a little nervous.

                           Take it easy!




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