As an employee, sometimes you may be called upon to conduct a PowerPoint presentation on certain topics. You could also be a Team Lead or sales representative whose KPI includes weekly or monthly or quarterly production reports.
To earn the respect of your superiors and gain super confidence in your self, you need to learn how to make powerful presentations. Here are some tips to follow:
- Be prepared: preparation is very important. Do not deceive yourself into thinking that there will be a ”last-minute” energy surge. Make sure you’re well prepared. When you’re prepared, you have confidence that you know what you’re going to say and you’re sure about it.
- Use relatable stories/proverbs to begin: nothing makes a presentation more interesting and catchy as your beginning speech. You could use adages or short experiences relating to the topic to get the interest of your listeners.
- Do not use too many complicated words. Make sure your vocabulary is broad. Also be sure to use simple and professional words and phrases.
- Be firm: this doesn’t mean you should shout. It only means you should be assertive. Speak like you’re an expert in the topic you’re presenting. Be firm yet tactful.
- Dress the part: we all know how important dressing is when our professions are involved. Remember not to over dress. Do not wear overly bright colours lest you draw attention to your attire. Some organizations allow their staff wear casual outfits. This is fine as well.
- Lastly, talk to someone that would boost your confidence beforehand. Get your mind right and thoughts positive.
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Ruth Chukwurah is a graduate of Linguistics from the University of Benin. Ruth has worked as a Social Media Manager and Web Content Creator for almost 3 years. She enjoys putting down her thoughts in words and sharing them with other people. Ruth’s mantra in life is to live and let live, don't judge when you haven't been in another person’s shoes. She is interested in music, movies, art and food.