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10 Ways To Deliver A Remarkable Presentation

10 Ways To Deliver A Remarkable Presentation

Presentations are one of the most effective ways to present your ideas to your boss, clients, management or colleagues. The success of any presentation performance is determined by the structure of the content, design of the presentation, attraction of the slides and many other things like: substantial research, association, speaking skills, and most importantly self-confidence. A good presenter has the capability to attract the attention of his or her audience from beginning to end and forces them to take action. For those who want to learn presentation skills, here are great tips and tricks for a remarkable and unforgettable presentation.

1. Do your research

If you want to give an outstanding presentation, then you have to present like an expert on the topic you are communicating. Research the topic thoroughly to make your audience believe in the information you share with them. However, having a degree or experience in the field can give a plus point to influence your audience.

Search the Internet, use libraries and talk to experts to get as much information you can get about your topic, until you have enough information to effectively give the answers to any questions bounced on you during the presentation. The more research you do on your topic, the more confident you will become. More confidence means there will be a great show.

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2. Know your audience

If you want to increase elegance in your presentation skills, first you have to study your audience. Knowing and reading the mind of your audience will give a better idea about the content of your presentation that will engage and interest them. Presenting to a group of specialists and presenting to a group of eighth graders requires different tactics. Though you can’t identify everything about your audience, their needs and interests, you can acknowledge the age and the group of people you’ll be presenting to. Keep this factor in mind as you practice your presentation.

3. Know your time limit

It is likely you have been allotted a certain slot and time limit for your presentation. It could be half an hour for a board meeting presentation or 10 minutes in a class presentation. Whatever your time limit is, make sure your presentation fits comfortably within the time frame, so you could identify the important topics you want to discuss briefly. You should try to make it shorter so you’re left with enough time to finish the presentation in style.

4. Make eye contact

Eye contact is a very important factor in everyday communication; because it gives the audience a sense of acceptance and involvement in your presentation that helps convey the message on a personal level. Always try to make eye contact with all members of the audience by shifting your focus around the hall or room.

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5. Select your presentation design

Another tip can be dedicated to good presentation design. Selecting the content and design for the presentation is crucial in grabbing the attention of your audience or disengaging them. Don’t confuse your audience, by putting anything unnecessary on a slide like text, pictures, tables, animation or graphs. Respect your audience; don’t load your slides with heavy text and then read the whole sentence. Always try to shorten complete sentences on your slides by selecting the main point and escaping other related points.

6. Move around during the presentation

Look around you to find the space in the hall or room. Use the space, and be prepared to move around in the space in the room, maybe around your podium. By moving you are projecting an appearance of confidence and dominance.

7. Include short stories to explain main points

You can use a short story related to the topic to explain main points, share an experience or other references which support your presentation and is directly related to the topic. The main purpose of doing this is to give a broad view of the presentation and talk about the important items.

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8. Keep it simple yet attractive

You should keep the presentation simple, by controlling your text and concentrating each slide on the main idea. Make it attractive by constructing your story around related, high-impact images and keep formatting consistent.

9. Practice, practice and more practice

If you want to build more confidence and make a strong grip on your presentation, then one of the best options is to rehearse your presentation. Rehearse in front of the mirror, practice it in front of your friends or family members to feel comfortable.

10. Talk to the audience

Make sure to have variation in your voice. Your objective is to involve your audience, not to give a speech. Be energetic and give the presentation in a conversational way. If the presentation doesn’t engage the audience, they will start to feel detached. Project enthusiasm for the topic; the majority of communication should be conversational.

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Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on July 17, 2019

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

What happens in our heads when we set goals?

Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

The Neurology of Ownership

Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

The Upshot for Goal-Setters

So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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