In this article, you'll learn...
- Nine tips for mastering presentation skills
- How to avoid common speech-giving pitfalls
Let's say you know the standard speaking tips, tricks, and fare. You're good... you can get by. But how can you elevate your speaking to the next level?
Over the past few years, I've spoken at a lot of events. Beyond just speaking (and getting better at it with practice), I share the stage with different types of speakers with different speaking styles. It's the nuances that determine who the masters are.
So if you're just getting started presenting to audiences, or you need to hone your technique, or you'd like to really up your game in the new year, here are some of the more important nuances that will take you from an everyday speaker to a star that people want to see.
And, by the way, these tips apply to marketers whether they're speaking in an auditorium or presenting in a boardroom.
1. Limit the technology
All too often I see people with laptops, PowerPoint, DVDs, cued CDs, props, and more. Kill it. You don't need it.
If you use slides that can augment what you're saying, great—but you don't need it, and you should not rely on it. People are coming to learn from you. Know your content to the point that even if your slides don't load or the video doesn't play, it should not matter.
Expecting the audio/visual to know all of your cues and the intricacies of your presentation is putting way too much reliance on the AV (and the AV guy). On top of that, asking for videos or music to play from the stage kills your story and flow: It's like when an actor calls for a line.