Presentations are a great excuse to polish your company image.

Recently I was invited to give a 10 minute presentation to my BNI Chapter about myself and my company. Here’s a (slightly edited version) of the presentation.

I’m not the most confident speaker, so this gave me the opportunity to brush up on my presentation skills:

I’m not the most confident speaker, so this gave me the opportunity to brush up on my presentation skills:
  1. The most important tip: practise. Practise until you know it backwards. But make sure you get your phrasing and order locked down before you commit it to memory, as it’ll be much harder to rewrite when it’s ingrained into your brain.
  2. Don’t cram every second of your speech with new information: be succinct so your information is in bitesize chunks, but your audience will go away retaining far more information if you repeat the key points.
  3. Use images. People remember things differently, so images can be a great way to make a lasting impression on the more visual learners (stock image sites are full of lots of great free pics). Try bringing your presentation out of the 2D too, with props.
  4. Beat the nerves. I tend to fidget when I’m nervous, so I often deliberately wear a loud, jangly bracelet that will immediately alert me if I start to fiddle. I also speed up when I talk, so I spend the day before and the morning of deliberately talking in a slow, calm voice.
  5. Finally, make the most of the opportunity. Convert your presentation into a slideshow and share it via Slideshare on social media. Make a note of who asked questions and follow up with them afterwards. Don’t let your presentation end on the day.

Note: this blog post originally featured on www.socialquirk.co.uk.

 

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