There can be nothing worse than giving a presentation for your business when you are not prepared. Presentations can be heart pounding if you don’t know what you are doing and they can ultimately lead you into a presentation that no one understands. Getting the point across is your main objective but how do you do this and still give a great business presentation?
This should be the first thing on your mind. Always know what type of documents, products, or graphs that you will need to show the people in the business. Once you know what you will need, get all your items together and keep them in a safe place. This will help you to not forget anything when you go to the presentation.
Remember your W’s:
Back to the basics of grade school. Know your who’s, what’s, when’s, how’s, and why’s. Once you know this, the presentation will be much easier to give. People want to know the facts that lay behind the reasoning. Give them a presentation that goes over all the basics and you probably won’t have very many people asking questions because you have already outlined most of the answers in the business presentation.
Speak into the microphone but do it clearly:
You always want to make sure that the people in the back row can hear you amongst all the whispering and chattering of the other people in the room. Speaking clearly is another thing that you should do so that they will understand you better. If you don’t have a microphone, try speaking loud without screaming.
How long should your business presentation be?
This all depends on the subject at hand. A presentation shouldn’t be so long that people start to loose focus or you become tired of talking. Try practicing your speech on a tape recorder and then play it back to see if you sound clear and if it starts to bore you. If you become bored with the speech, your audience probably will too. When I give a presentation, I always try to keep it on subject and straight to the point. This allows your speech to be shorter without taking away from the main objective.
Practice to get past being nervous:
Nearly everyone is nervous when they have to get up in front of a group no matter how large or small the group is. The more you practice the presentation, the less likely you are to become nervous. If you know that presentation like the back of your hand, you will start to feel more confident about giving the presentation and will be less likely to mess up or start sweating in front of the audience.
Here is a recap on what we have learned through the help of this article:
Be prepared, Speak clearly and into the microphone, remember your w’s, the length of the business presentation, and why you should practice the presentation as much as possible.