Master The Art Of Effective Presentation In 3 Simple Steps

The importance of the initial planning stage is epitomized by Abraham Lincoln’s famous quote, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” How do you get about your initial planning stage for an effective presentation? Below are the 3 essential tips to aid you in your effective presentation during the initial planning stage.

1. Understanding your audience

In order to provide the best value to your audience, it is important for you to anticipate the value they expect to derive from your speech. Your speech should be tailored to their level of understanding on the subject. Giving an effective presentation is not difficult, if one is to bear in mind the same rule for effective communication applies. Effective communication is about speaking in your audience language, not yours.

Similarly, an effective presentation involves you to tailor the talk to the situation and this is very important for a successful presentation. There are various methods of obtaining such information. For example, you can do your planning by talking to your host and clarifying these points before you spend much preparation time. I have further elaborate these methods in my blog.

2. Preparation

Once you have a general idea of what you want to say, you will have to decide how to say it in the most effective and efficient manner. Like a sculptor, therein lies in the beauty in your ability to craft an excellent speech. Unlike a conversation or a written document, a talk is a one-shot attempt to make a point and make sure you hit the bull’s eye.

An excellent presentation is one that is well-constructed and tidy. Your points have to be presented to the audience both a logical sequence and unambiguously. Have you every wondered why is it that enables some people to put complex ideas across persuasively, while others struggle to articulate their thoughts? For those who face the problem of structure and flow, you can familiarise yourself with tools such as the Minto Pyramid Principle and Storyboarding. These two tools are elaborated in my blog for reference and the books for you to develop such skills which go beyond effective presentations to everyday business documents.

3. Outlining

Do not commit the cardinal sin of detailed referencing of material or extensive review of data for they won’t be remembered. Remember, the primary purpose of a presentation is to provide information which the audience will then remember at a later date. Leave the responsibility of taking notes during the presentation to your audience instead of cluttering the presentation slides.

Effective keywords and outline of a presentation slide allows more room for the development of the presentation. Here are some suggestions of important elements to keep in mind as you prepare and practice the presentation. This will reduce the amount of re-working you’ll have to do as it evolves, thus resulting in a more streamlined and effective end product.


B. Opening


D. Conclusion

E. Length

Remember that there is no point in giving a presentation if the audience is not listening. Thus, You should make a big effort to help them be interested in what you have to say. I hope these tips have been useful to you and do click on my blog for an in-depth discussion on these tips.