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October 15th, 2013

Presentation-TIPSNot only have we trimmed the innumerable tips on how to make great presentations down to a manageable 10, we also put them in roughly the order you should use them. A couple of preparation steps are followed by pointers for the introduction to the close. These Top 10 Presentation Pointers can help you, your firm, someone you know, or even all of the above. Let’s get to it!

1. PREPARE AND PRACTICE: For your presentation to go smoothly, free of embarrassments and distractions, you must be prepared. This means knowing your material and rehearsing the presentation. If you’re making a conference presentation, practice with the sort of trade show convention rentals you will be using.

2. WARM UP YOUR VOICE: Few things will empty a room faster than someone yelling “Fire!” but speaking in a lifeless monotone has to be a close second. Practice altering cadence, pitch, and volume (not too low). As a vocal warm-up, help your tongue limber up on certain syllables, and drink some room-temperature water.

3. START STRONG: It might be called a “hook” or a “grab.” It might be an anecdote or a joke, a statistic or a factoid. It would be great if it were relevant to your topic, but whatever you say, start strong and project confidence. Do not open with a voice, character, or attitude that you cannot sustain throughout.

4. BUILD RAPPORT: Don’t rush to details, “talking points,” or punchlines. And remember that dirty jokes aren’t just tacky. In the workplace, they can be illegal, and are not the way to develop rapport anyway. Make roving eye contact (see #6, below), show your passion for the topic—then fill in the blanks.

5. STATE INTENT: Without a clearly defined purpose, there will be no way for listeners to measure your  presentation’s relevance or effectiveness. Within the first few minutes, tell the audience

  • the purpose of the presentation,
  • the top three or four points, and
  • the one or two critical takeaways.

6. MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT: The research is clear: Eye contact is the most important element of a good presentation. You must learn to do it, particularly if you use an audience response system rental or other Q&A method. People don’t respond well to speakers with poor eye contact.

7. SIMPLIFY THE SLIDES: Slides that are garishly colored or filled with every cursive font available are guaranteed losers. Worse, they can undo in seconds what took minutes to explain. Presentation guides typically recommend one headline font, one body font, and three or four bullet points per slide at most.

8. MULTIPLY THE PROPS: You might benefit from using props in addition to slides. Add a whiteboard, pick up a flip chart for a key point, and consider what else could communicate your message. Variety, personality, and unpredictability encourage the audience to pay close attention.

9. STAY IN MOTION: Another excellent way to maintain the audience’s attention is by moving around. You don’t have to break dance or be frenetic. If you need a wireless lapel mic, a PA, or anything else to pull off the event, CRE’s audio visual (AV) equipment rentals inventory holds the answer.

10. MAKE THE CALL (TO ACTION): If there is no call to action at the end of your presentation, you just wasted everyone’s time. If your product or service is valuable to people, you are doing them a disservice by not telling them how to try it or buy it. Tell people what to do with the news you just gave them. Close the deal!

If you know what you need, the Quick Rental Quote will save you time. Call (877) 266-7725, or send us a message, and our Account Executives will respond to your challenges with solutions–the right ones, right now!

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