How to Give an Effective Presentation – I

Public speaking can increase anxiety and nervousness. Most of this stress caused over a presentation can be avoided if we are prepared ahead of time. What are some points you need to keep in mind before you can give an effective public presentation? Some main points we should be aware of are, our appearance, the audience, the place of the presentation and visual aids we use.

Appearance: You are the first thing your audience will see, even before you start speaking. Always remember that 90% of your message is non-verbal. Watch your body language, avoid distracting dressing style, bright gaudy colours or heavy jewellery. In short, look professional. Your head should be neatly pinned up or styled in such a way that you don not need to run your hands through it frequently. Avoid too much make up. If it is possible, always check your appearance in a mirror just before you start the presentation.

Audience: Collect background information about the group you will be talking to – such as what is the age group of the audience, gender whether all are males, all are females or a mix of the two. What is the knowledge, educational level and understanding level of the group. What is the objective of your talk and what does the audience want to know. Always keep in mind that your presentation should not make either the audience or yourself appear small or you try to display favoritism by making some members feel superior or others inferior.