While studying my career I’ve learn lot of things, more important I always want to share them with you. As social communicator my duty is to get the information to the public, that’s why I’m writing this today. It’s not that I‘m an expert on this but is all about common sense, image and proper manners.
For most of us image is everything, some try very hard with fancy clothes and lot of make-up but others do it with what we know and what we are learning to do in a future. Communicate isn’t all about the content of the message but about how we share that message. I’ve seen lot of my fellow journalist students who made presentations like they were on middle school, I even think there’s kids who do it better. That’s way I’m sharing this because we need to learn from early age (just when we start going to school) how to address to the public and get the message.
But if couldn’t made it at school we need to do it at the beginning of the college. When I was in the choral of my high school, I always remember what my music professor said: “if you’ll do it on rehearsal, you’ll do it on the show”. So, if we don’t tend to work on it during our college years the time we start working on the field, it will be a mess; a total embarrass of ourselves.
We have to do it right. We need to make ourselves get into our best conditions, because if we don’t take things seriously, nobody will do it for us. That’s why I’m sharing this Practical Guide for a Good Presentation:
1. Have a topic and know what’s this topic is about.
You sit up, go to the stage and… don’t say anything or you just ramble about the subject you supposed you studied. It doesn’t worth either your time or us that you stand on the stage and don’t know what you’re talking about; don’t make a ridiculous of yourself. Give yourself the opportunity to do it right, to make yourself proud of what you did, to learn a new subject you didn’t know before. My friend, knowledge is power.
2.-The Sliders has to be simple and easy.
When you do Sliders on Power Point or Prezi, o wherever you’ll do it, you need to consider that it suppose to work for you and not against you. So, you need to think very well how to make them. It supposes to be very simple, with essential stuff you could relate for help, and they need to explain themselves.
The best digital presentations are those with light backgrounds and dark text, prompt images and graphics, and not so much text but catching phrases.
“You’re never going to get a second chance to leave an impression”. That’s about right. That’s why you need to dress properly when you’re on the stage, to make the public believe in you. It’s well known that today image is more important that other things, but we also need to understand that dressing according to the occasion is necessary to make a good impression on our audience. It gives you confidence and security, and it lets you pass as a serious and professional person. Never dismiss the power of a good image.
4.-NEVER use papers on your hands.
Some of you could differ about this item; yes, many presidents use writers speeches, and major TED Talkers use little cards with notes, so the point is mute, you could say. Well, let me explain you this: They are all to help with reference of the idea but not to read the whole presentation (and believe me, I have fellow students who do this). Sometimes, we need something in our hands so we can relate for confidence but we can’t have a paper on our hands because, it makes that, just for intuitive, we held the paper up and read what we want to say (which is not good). Make cards with notes and keep them on your pocket in case you forget something.
5.-Never move around the stage when others are talking.
This is a major fail my fellow students do all the time. It’s a big disrespect to walk over the stage when others are talking. You’re in a group of student in a class room doing a presentation, and you pass in front the audience while someone else is talking. That disconnects the attendance and cut the communication (even if you passed behind the speaker). You want that the group look professional and coordinate; besides, you don’t want that others do that to you either.
6.-All the group know about the whole presentation.
If you’re in a group, make sure that you partners know every aspect of the topic you’re going to present. That will help on the round of questions, so all of you could be capable of answer them. It will help the group look professional, as well.
7.- Give a support material to your audience.
Last but not least. Make something that will help your audience to remember your words. I wouldn’t give them something on paper because it always tend to drop on the trash but other creative thing (of course, that doesn’t cost you lot), will make a very pleasant difference.
I hope this tips help you to improve as a Speaker. I know there’s a lot more about this topic, so you need to keep reading and look for more. Check videos of TED and study what the talkers do and how they reach the audience. Of course, never copy, its better if you make your own style, but get some inspiration from them.