Presenting is not easy. It takes thought, planning and practice.
I find that the most successful presentations don’t drone on for years. Getting to the point quickly through a detailed path is key. Keep it simple with a concise beginning, middle and end, like a case study.
Your voice is also a crucial presentation tool. Monotone presenters put everyone to sleep and don’t come across as excited about their product. A sense of energy and excitement about the product or idea goes a long way to engage your audience.
Most conference centers have the ability to record meetings these days, so if you really want to see where you need to improve, watch yourself present. It’s an eye-opening and traumatizing experience but worth it, if you’re ready to take your skills to the next level.
Think about if the shoe was on the other foot and you were the person being presented to. What would you want and not want to hear and see?
VP, Board of Directors, InSource