1. Planning - Careful planning of your presentation will ensure that you reduce your nervousness, give you extra confidence and guarantee a successful outcome.
Think carefully about what you want to achieve; What are your objectives for giving the presentation? What are the outcomes you want? Who will be the audience and what influence do they have on making the decisions to guarantee those outcomes?
Plan logically - even before you commence creating presentation slides. Start planning by using bullet points for the information items on paper and then expand your ideas using a memory mapping technique. After that order your points logically so they flow into a story - but unlike a story book they should be very clear and unambiguous. Structure these points into the main body. Then work backwards to creat your introduction. When that is done you can work on your conclusion.
2, Connecting with your audience on a human level - Business presentations and public speeches are not a one way process unlike a movie. Interacting with your audience will ensure that they are more connected with you at a human level
The best presenters in the world can connect and engage with their audience to ensure their interest in your message and that you are fulfilling their vision of what they expect.
3. Practice Makes Perfect - Practicing your presentation delivery sufficiently is essential for success. Practice will reduce your fear and build confidence.
The best way to do this is face to face (or online through video conferencing systems lie Zoom or Skype) with a professional Presentation Skills Trainer who will be able to give you instant feedback on your performance and teach you the public speaking techniques that you need to improve your delivery.
Most multinational companies these days use English for their language of communication, so if your native language isn’t English it is important that you rectify, improve and learn correct English pronunciation. An experienced native English speaking Presentation Skills Teacher / trainer will be able to help you with this aspect of business communication as well. Coaching in the correct use of intonation is also required to ensure that you can stress the important points correctly.
Taking a Presentation Skills Course is perhaps the best investment anyone in business can make these days as effective public speaking skills are needed even more as you progress up the career ladder to senior management.
Communication Skills Hong Kong offers a range of intensive, extended Business Presentation and Public Speaking coaching based courses, along with Pronunciation and Business Writing at starter and advanced levels for managers, senior managers and executives.
Most people are do not have inborn skills for public speaking and delivering business presentations; we learn along the way. Presentation Skills can be learnt though trial and error but the most efficient way is to use a business skills trainer. An English presentation skills course is an affordable and easy way to improve your career success,
An experienced coach can improve your ability to draft, plan key points and ensure clarity of the message you want to get across in order for you to deliver a powerful presentation. Most importantly you can get instant feedback on your content and its organisation.
Your business presentation coach can teach you how to format your message clearly, concisely and correctly by the use of simple rather than complex sentences. A key element is getting the right amount of information in each presentation slide and also the number of slides. Too much data in one slide will just confuse your audience and make it more difficult for you to explain clearly. Your presentation skills trainer will be able to guide you ion the specific adjustments needed.
Correct pronunciation is a must especially when your native language is not English and with a multi-national audience. An experienced presentation skills coach will be able to improve not only your pronunciation ability but also to use the correct intonations to enable you to stress the most important points you want to get across.
A business skills trainer can also improve your skills with intensive practice. You will get expert feedback and through the use of video recording you will be able to see your own performance instantly. “Practice makes perfect” really comes into play here!
Building confidence by using a presentation skills coach is another key aspect of such training. Even well seasoned presenters and public speakers have nerves. Fear can destroy your presentation so by using a business skills coach you can learn to overcome this nervousness effectively.
In summary, with proper preparation, clear content, correct pronunciation, sufficient practice and effective feedback you will be able to give powerful presentations and public speeches with confidence.
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