There will always be moments throughout everyone’s life that will require you to get up in front of other people and either sell something, present an idea or talk about something you are passionate about. These times call for good presentation skills, as it is important to know how to talk and communicate with others without putting them to sleep. There are certain things you can do in order to prepare yourself for these presentations. First, list and prioritize the top three goals that you want to accomplish with your audience. It is not enough to just talk at them – If you’re not clear with yourself and others, it is very easy for your audience to completely miss the point of your presentation.
List the major points of information that you want to convey to your audience and be clear about the tone that you want to set for your presentation. If you are speaking to a small group of people, it is extremely beneficial to make eye contact with each person for a few seconds throughout your presentation. This can be a very personal feeling for your audience and shows that you have people skills. Speak loud and a little slower than you normally would and keep your hands fairly still. If you seem fidgety, people will pay more attention to that than to what you have to say. Lastly, design a brief closing that summarizes the key points from your presentation and leave room for questions.
These preparations will give you more confidence and a better presence in front of others. Don’t let a little nervous twitch or fear of speaking in front of others scare you. Everyone does it at some point and believe it or not, people want to hear what you have to say.