The key to a succesful presentation

Public speaking: you’re not gonna find alot of people who have this as a hobby. Still, especially in the corporate world, from time to time you will have to give a presentation on a project, your company or maybe even you personally.

Whether or not you like speaking, it’s probably a good idea to atleast know the basics of presenting properly. It will help you throughout your life and lead to more confidence, which will show during your presentation and help you convey your message.

The following three tips are vital for a proper presentation.

1. Know your stuff

It seems like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t know enough about the stuff they’re presenting.

If you’re presenting on a project, subject or maybe even yourself: study your material!

You might feel like you know enough to present it, but it’s always a good idea to freshen up your knowledge, check some sources and prepare the answers to possible questions.

Yes, even if you have to present, say, your own past career, it’s still a good idea to go through your resumé and remind yourself what you did at each job, how this went and what some challenges were.

2. Don’t be a robot

No one likes listening to someone reading of a paper or someone who memorized a presentation word by word.

Never fully write out your presentation.

You’re not helping yourself and not helping your adience.

You can think of the way you want to convey a message, but keep it simple in your notes. If you write it out it will sound robotic, but you also risk screwing up when you forget what to say.

Because you’re so fixed in a prepared story, this will immediately lead to you falling quiet.

If you don’t write out your presentation word by word, it will be alot easier to think of different ways to say the same thing. It will also show to be more natural, which helps with the image you create for yourself during the presentation.

3. Stand tall, hands out of the pockets, make eye contact

Research has shown that an incredibly large part of communication is non-verbal. This also goes for public speaking.

Stand tall, keep your hands out of your pockets (keep them at your belly or use them to talk) and make eye contact with your audience.

You will be perceived as calm, professional and confident.

Two presentation with identical content can still be graded immensely different, just from the way someone holds him or herself up during the presentation. Make sure you’re on the right side of that.

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