Tips for creating a great presentation
A few years back, when I was still a university student, I used to enjoy preparing presentations. In fact, they were my specialty; my forte! The presenting part was never my favorite task but creating the presentation itself was a fun and very exciting experience for me.
However, presenting to your professor is very different than presenting to stakeholders such as CEOs and executives. It needs much more time, patience, effort and lots of practice.
Today, I will be sharing with you a list of important tips and tricks that can help you create a killer presentation that is able to deliver its goals and objectives while keeping your audiences hooked from beginning to end.
Sit back and enjoy this interesting ride!
Presentation creation – what you need to know:
Preparing powerful presentations requires you to perform the following steps:
- Come prepared by structuring your presentation to cover why, what and where. Start off with strategic goals and the big picture then move to specifics.
- Be concise and make takeaways obvious. Be sure to use clear and direct verbal communication.
- Anticipate objections and be prepared to answer questions.
- Provide specific examples and use analytics, facts and figures as evidence.
You will also need to:
- Know your audience well and use the appropriate language to communicate customer data, market space and potential ROI to support your arguments.
- Communicate your strategy, share details and deadlines as well as the status of current projects and how resources are allocated.
- Utilize visuals and incorporate color schemes. Moreover, use words sparingly and utilize short titles and legible fonts.
See Also: How to Improve Your Communication Skills
Presentation dos & don’ts:
Below is a list of dos and don’ts you should keep in mind to make your presentations more powerful and meaningful:
- Tell a story to make what you have to present more memorable and persuasive.
- Share with you audience your business need to get them to better listen to what you have to say.
- Keep two versions ready (one long and one short). You never know how much time you will have or need.
Try your best not to:
- Overlook your stakeholder’s concerns and pain points and instead address them directly.
- Overwhelm your audience with unnecessary information and details.
- Stuff your slides with information then read directly from them as no one wants to attend a boring read along.
Finally, remember to always start strong with your hook, use your time effectively, be flexible have a big finish!
What other tips could you share with our readers for preparing great presentations? We look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback in the comment section below.