Tips for presenters (or how to avoid mass narcolepsy)

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First time presenting? Nervous about presenting? Worried that your animations are out of sync or too slow? Relax! Here are some tips to prevent narcolepsy in your audience. Just remember 3 things:

1. Let them know what you will be presenting 

  • When you get up to present - give a quick outline of what your audience will expect.
  • If someone walks out - they probably fell asleep during the previous session.

2. Present it

  • Amp it up - speak up and out - this shows confidence and command of the presentation.
  • Let the slideshow do the work - but not too much. Get rid of the Powerpoint animations- too much fade in and out will cause your audience to fade out completely. 
  • Don't read from a script - look at your audience when speaking.
  • Don't read the slides - be assured that everyone knows how to read if they read the signs to get to the room!
  • Summarize and highlight - what is the point of the slide - otherwise - what is the point?
  • When doing demos - speed it up. No one likes to watch cursors dancing and retyping spelling mistakes.
  • Engage your audience with a little humor and personal experience on topic.

3. Let them know what you presented

  • Make your argument and state your thesis
  • Allow time for questions if possible.

Many of your peers watching you have at one time stood up in front of people - so you are not alone. Just remember to follow the tips above. You may not get a standing ovation - but at least everyone will leave awake and happy they learned something useful. 

 

 

Originally: Released: May 03, 2011 04:47 PM in 2011 Siemens PLM Connection Blog

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