Whether you’ve got a big presentation coming up at uni or an intimidating interview, you need to be on your a-game. Worried about a lack of confidence? You need to read this.
We’re looking at the top tips for nailing your university or work presentation for maximum impact.
1. Get focused
Before you even approach the boardroom, be sure to form a tight structure that you can stick to throughout. This can be a three point plan: introduction, main body of text, and conclusion. Keep your intro brief and use this time to map out the presentation. The body of text will be your main argument/points. Finally, your conclusion can end with a brief summary – no repetition – and a call to action, letting your audience know what they can do from here. Simple! Jot down notes on a small piece of card that can be tucked away in your hand throughout.
2. Enter with confidence
When you walk to the front of the room, do so with purpose. Take one deep breath beforehand to steady yourself, and then stand with your weight evenly distributing between both feet. Try not to shift around as you talk but remain solid in your stance. And when you come to the conclusion, end your presentation like Beyoncé did at that awards ceremony where she revealed her pregnancy – with all the confidence you can muster.
3. Look around
Don’t fixate on your one work wife for support otherwise you might start to get lost in each other’s eyes. Look around the room and make sure your gaze doesn’t rest in one place for too long. And don’t forget to blink, otherwise you will look frozen.
4. Take your time
Remember to pause – for effect, for thought, even just to catch your breath. Don’t rattle off endless information, or none of it will be absorbed by your audience. Pauses are great not only for gathering your own thoughts, but for allowing whoever you address to gather theirs. Don’t rush through so that every point you make becomes forgettable.
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5. Be yourself!
Let your personality show throughout, rather than just being a version of what you think the audience want to see. Whoever you are addressing doesn’t want to see something fake; they want confidence and personality, and if you don’t bring yourself to the table, then you won’t be able to sell whatever it is you are trying to sell. This might take a little bit of faking it ’til you make it, but even if you’re not feeling the most confident, you can present it to your audience.