Building an Effective Business Presentation
If you're creating a business presentation, use these tips to create strong and professional business presentations.
Giving your presentation: Last-minute tips
- Visualize yourself giving the presentation.
- Realize that the audience wants you to succeed.
- Turn your nervousness into positive energy.
- Talk rather than read. Avoid rote memorization.
- Speak at a volume appropriate to the room and size of the audience. Your voice should be heard in the back of the room.
- Vary the pitch of your voice.
- Stand up rather than sit.
- Make eye contact.
- Make sure any aid you use can be clearly heard and seen by the entire audience.
- Focus on main arguments.
- Don't remain behind the podium. Move around occasionally, but don't pace.
- Smile and gesture when appropriate.
- Maintain energy and enthusiasm throughout the presentation.
- Finish your talk within the time limit.
- Summarize your talk both at the beginning and at the end.
- Respond to audience needs, such as adjusting temperature or providing extra handouts.
- Be flexible, but stay focused.
- Respond to questions.
- Give the audience an opportunity to critique your presentation by supplying them with a short, anonymous evaluation form.
- Back up all files.
- Don't give an important presentation without on-site technical support.
- Assume that your technical equipment will fail, and have a backup plan.
- Beware of connecting to the Internet during your presentation. You never know when your connection may fail.