15 Presentation Tips

One of the most important presentation tips to remember is know your audience. Obviously, we aren’t talking about knowing each and every person and what their favorite color is but you need to know what their basic needs are and the information they want to hear. They are most likely interested in hearing you speak whether you are conducting an informative presentation (with very little interaction) or an educational presentation where conversation back and forth is encouraged.
No matter what type of presentation you are providing here are 15 presentation tips to help you get through it with flying colors.

  1. Speak on a subject you know. If you are uncertain about any technical information look it up.
  2. Speak to your audience in a language that is slow and easily understood. Don’t use terms or jargon that is above or underneath your audiences’ level.
  3. Keep on topic.
  4. Make eye contact with the audience and look around the room.
  5. Minimize the use of words such as “uh” and “um”. Listen for them, if you find yourself saying them try to slow down a bit and think about what you are going to say next. Chances are your brain is going faster than you would like.
  6. Encourage participation.
  7. Avoid pacing, fidgeting, and other nervous habits.
  8. Be yourself.
  9. Use visual aids when it makes sense.
  10. Don’t read verbatim your notes or other script.
  11. Don’t fail to prepare for your presentation, practice, practice, and practice.
  12. Avoid using offensive humor.
  13. Don’t behave in a condescending or superior manner.
  14. Get plenty of rest the night before.
  15. Dress for the occasion.

As with most important engagements you should prepare and practice before hand. You may even want to have a contingency plan in case the unexpected happens. For example; if you ask a question and no one answers or you are asked a question you don’t know the answer too. Don’t let these things throw you off. It is okay to not know the answer but be honest.

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