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Improve Presentation Skills by Following 20 Presentation Hacks

20 Tips to Improve your Presentation Skills

There is no denying the fact that presenting is one of the toughest tasks we perform in our professional, academic and business lives. Speaking before a crowd is no doubt much difficult and nerve-racking for those who are not gifted with eloquence naturally. But, practicing can always improve our presentation skills.

It is a reality that we should develop a personal speaking style to be good public speakers. If you are not an eloquent speaker, try to make up the deficiencies by presenting unique and useful data with enthusiasm by using plenty of dumb jokes. It is always mandatory to do certain things before the presentation to make it easy and interesting. Only this way you can calm your nerves and set up for better presentation.

This article will tell you about the 20 ways to improve your presentation skills. I have always used these ways to impress my audience.

#1 Practice

The proverb “Practice makes a man perfect” seems fit if we apply it for improving our presentation skills. Every one of us wants multiple rehearsals before the presentation. Yet, practicing becomes difficult for those who have a tight schedule to perform their routine tasks. They ought to spare time for the rehearsal for an arousing presentation. For example, if you are a student and have to give a presentation before class; stay in the classroom late and practice again and again. It is always good to write your speech because the script will prove a good companion during nervousness.

Acting strategists say that rehearsing at the place where you will present is always good. They also advise changing your positions while practicing. It means that you should practice while standing up, sitting down, opening your arms, and standing on one leg. Rehearsals with changing positions will make you more comfortable before the audience. You can also record your presentation and review it for errors and mistakes. It will help you control your bad habits and work on the weak areas in your presentation skills.

#2 Convert Nervousness to Enthusiasm

Nervousness is the greatest enemy of our presentation skills and leads to repeated mistakes. For a better presentation, convert this nervousness to enthusiasm. This is why most people use energy drinks and hear fast music before going for presentations. This is because fast music and energy drinks help us focus on presentation. Studies prove that an enthusiastic speech always wins over an eloquent speech because it involves the feelings of the audiences. Therefore, always make sure that you are energetic and enthusiastic before going to the stage for the presentation. But, always take energy drinks according to your body composition. Overloading yourself with more caffeine may result negatively because people respond differently to different circumstances.

#3 Try Attending other Presentations

Attending the presentations of other speakers always pay off if you have to talk as a part of a conference. It will enable you to understand the feelings of the audience and also the presentations as being strategic or tactical. Change your mood and tone if the audience is in a laughing mood and adjust it if they are in a stiff mood. You can also add something from the presentation of other speakers or omit some unwanted sentences depending on the mood and feelings of the crowd.

#4 Timely Arrival

Arriving timely at the presentation place always provides you a feeling of satisfaction because you get used to the environment. Moreover, leaving early for the presentation place gives you enough time to reach the place even if Google maps do not work.

#5 Adjust to your Environment

You may have to face different distractions at different presentation places. Therefore, always reach timely and adjust yourself to the surroundings. Spending some time in the room where you have to give the presentation is always more beneficial. This is because you get used to the lighting, seating arrangement, sounds, and distractions at that particular presentation place.

#6 Talk to Your Audience

Always follow the principle of meet and greet before giving the presentation. This is because talking to your audience will help you understand their feelings about the presentation. Prefer asking a few questions and mix up their responses in your script for better attraction.

#7 Use Positive Thoughts and Visualization

Share positive thoughts for an effective presentation. Studies prove that positive visualization always plays out the way we desire. Avoid much thinking and arouse positive visualization to get tons of laughs. It will further increase your enthusiasm for the presentation.

#8 Audiences are always Sympathetic and Want You to Succeed

Most of the speakers fail because they think that the audience is waiting for their mistakes and will laugh loudly. But, it is not true in any sense because the audiences are always sympathetic and want the speakers to succeed. Your chances of success increase even if the audiences are indifferent to your content. This is because most of them understand that giving the presentation is always nerve-racking. In most of the presentations, the audience gets nervousness of the speakers but still, they remain calm and want them to nail the situation.

#9 Relax your Body by Taking Deep Breaths

Another way to improve our presentation skills is that it always takes deep breaths when you feel nervous. This is because our muscles tighten during nervousness and we feel as if our breath is stopping. Taking deep breaths in this situation will relax your muscles and brain and you will be able to come out successful.

#10 Always Smile

Fear is the greatest enemy of your abilities and you can overcome it with a smiling face. Smiling will give you more confidence and enthusiasm and you will be able to give a good presentation. Medical science proves that smiling increases endorphins and helps you come out of anxiety. But, this does not mean that you will keep smiling throughout your presentation. Smile only when you feel nervous. Overdoing it will give you a maniacal look that no one in your audience will enjoy.

#11 Take Exercise

Taking exercise always brings lots of advantages even in your presentation skills. This is because the production of endorphins increases during exercise that will help you control anxiety and better perform before the audience. Experts even suggest taking admission in some yoga class before your presentation.

#12 Use Pauses in your Speech

Most of the speakers speed up their presentation when they are nervous. As a result, they end up their presentation too fast to frustrate the audience by making more mistakes. The chances of your running out of breath increase in this case. Therefore, it is good to use pauses in your speech. These will restore your breath and give you a little bit of confidence. You can also use pauses to emphasize certain points in your speech and engage your audience. Moreover, pausing will make you more conversational by keeping you cool.

#13 Avoid Covering Too much Material

Rigorous editing of your presentation material is always needed before giving a presentation. It helps you make your speech useful, insightful, and to the point. However, this never means condensing a vast topic in a short presentation. But, it means leaving out those points that are off-topic and irrelevant. For this editing, you should know what to leave and what to include. You can also take help from professionals for this editing.

#14 Engage the Audience

Engaging the audience always makes your presentation successful. This is because they feel that their points are being addressed. Asking presentation related questions and knowing their thoughts make them feel that they are part of the conversation. It also gives the speaker a lot of confidence. To be successful, you should not avoid answering questions. Instead, always be prepared for unexpected questions. You can also use a survey or poll to start your presentation effectively.

#15 Inject a Little Humor to Your Talk

Delivering useful information dully and stiffly is never good for a successful presentation. The audience likes information delivered in a light-hearted manner. Therefore, try to inject a little humor into your talk. Maintain a balance in your talk to make the audience feel more comfortable. Excessive use of humor also frustrates the audience because they do not come for sole entertainment. If you are not sure about the tone of your presentation, ask your friends to go through it and suggest any editing if necessary.

#16 Improve your Credibility by Admitting that You Don’t Know Everything

It is an admitted fact that nobody knows everything. Still, many speakers are not willing to accept this reality before their audience. They think that this will undermine their authority. Doing so will build your authority and improve your confidence before the audience. If you are unable to answer a question from the audience, never hesitate to admit that you do not know. Your admittance before the crowd will make them think that human beings keep learning throughout their lives and no one is knowledgeable.

#17 Use Power Stance to Boost your Confidence

Body language plays a vital role in the success of your presentation. Your mind always follows suit if your body language is replete with confidence. This is why many speakers use power stances before giving a presentation. In simple words, walking on the stage and standing with your head erected gives you an extra bit of confidence. Avoid sitting on the stage because it is considered passive by the audience.

#18 Drink Water

Drinking water is also another important factor that can improve your presentation skills. Always keep a bottle of water at arm’s length to avoid dry mouth. Dry mouth is also a symptom of anxiety. Therefore, drink plenty of water before going to the stage for the presentation.

#19 Join Training Club

Certain groups in every country train individuals to improve their presentation skills. These groups are called Toastmaster Clubs. If your presentation skills are weak, you can improve your skills by joining training sessions at any of the Toastmaster Club. These groups gather after work or at lunch and discuss a topic. In this discussion, they encourage the participants to deliver their thoughts on the subject. The more you present; the more mature your presentation skills become.

#20 Avoid Fighting Fear

Usually, we suffer from nervousness during the presentation and try to fight with that nervousness. This increases our anxiety and we begin making more mistakes and pace towards the end of the presentation. Never take notice of the audience thinking about your nervousness because it will increase your fear. Instead, positively use that nervous energy by transforming it into your enthusiasm.

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I am a presentation design artist and had pleasure to work with DHL, PPH, Freelancer and Upwork for almost a decade.

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