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Presentation skills - communicating with your audience

Presentation is a way of communicating and conveying information to the audience with interaction. It takes skills to be able to conduct a presentation effectively; to make the audience respond and absorb what is being said. We will talk about these essential presentation skills below.

In order to have a good presentation, there are 4 key elements to be considered:

content, structure, packaging, and human element.

In brief, content is what the presentation is about. The content of the presentation must be relevant to the topic and easy to understand, therefore, easy to remember. Structure, like any other form of report, a presentation should have a beginning, middle, and end. The speaker must have the skill to have a good flow of the presentation; without jumping from one thought to another and not straying from the topic. Packaging is on how it is composed. Are the words easily comprehensible by the audience? Are all topics covered? Are there a lot of jargons? Will it sound boring when discussed? These are the questions to consider. Lastly is the human element of a presentation. Again, this is a learned presentation skill over time. It’s important that the speaker is attuned with the audience so the presentation is easily remembered.

When the material is all prepared, the delivery of the report is also given priority. It’s important that the voice is clear, audible, and catches the attention of the audience without being too demanding. The voice must sound credible.
Apart from the voice, the body gestures have to make a statement as well. Most of the time, the audience can tell if a speaker is telling the truth when the body language opposes to that of what is being said. More often than not, the speaker becomes an entertainment in the sense that, the audience is watching how he moves.

To start with, a speaker must have a good posture. A good posture brings about clearer voice and stance during presentation. If a speaker slouches, it would appear like he’s not interested with what he is doing. Aside from posture, a good body language must involve eye contact, positive facial expressions, and positive gestures like facing forward the audience.

Aside from body language and voice, it’s also advisable to have a sort of an icebreaker before the presentation. This is to warm the audience up, to get them to listen to the speaker. It would also be beneficial if the speaker will inform the audience on what the presentation is all about and what its objectives are.

Towards the end of the presentation, it’s best to give a summary of all the points discussed. After which, be sure to ask questions from the audience if there are areas to be reviewed for clarification, suggestion, or correction.

Do not be offended when questions are asked, instead, feel appreciated because they want to learn more on the topic. Make sure that you address the question properly. If and when, for example, he person does not agree with you, keep calm and try to find ways or phrases to agree on a point delved upon.

In summary, presentation skills can be learned over time and practice. These presentation skills are important to succeed in any industry you will be in. Effective presentation skills show professionalism and knowledge of the speaker.

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