Delivering Effective Presentations

No matter how informative any presentation is, it tends to get boring and audience tends to lose focus and concentration. This is more often the case, especially when the subject is technical or includes topics that need description. The ideal solution is to throw in some jokes and make the atmosphere light. This will surely be a welcome and change and will surely result in attentive listening and increased concentration. Do make sure that these punches are introduced well before the audience reaches a saturation point.

Who says serious images or boring logos can be added to the slides, one can add pictures of cartoon characters and aptly fit them in the presentation. Again, do not overdo it; otherwise it will take the focus away from main topic or purpose of the meeting.

Lines after lines and long paragraphs, if you find it bland so will your viewers. Presentation should be treated like a narrative; it’s like narrating a story, which the audience will love to hear and will be keen to know the next point. You can add jazz to the slides by using fade in fade out effects, or animation or simply include some sound files. The efforts you take to gather classify data and prepare a presentation, presenting it well also adds to its success. The layout of slides, font color, font size and the order of the topics and many other factors cannot be ignored and need to be taken care off.

Do not forget to make the presentation visually pleasant as well as easy on eyes. Keep it clean and simple, rather using gaudy colors that merely make it look like an eye sore, use basic and light colors and normal fonts. Avoid cluttering the slide with data, use numbering or bullets to differentiate titles and sub titles. Highlight or bold the important text; if you want to ensure that in the course of the presentation, the listeners need to know a particular point, you can also insert notes at the bottom of every slide. The advantage of this notes section is that only the presenter sees it.

Keeping all interested and engaged is truly a tough job and to handle all this with ease all you need is cues and prompts. These additions not only pique interests but help you in taking the topic forward without disturbing the flow of the PPT.

All these efforts and endeavors are to achieve a single goal of giving an effective presentation. Once you get the hang of it, nothing can stop you from delivering successful presentations. These minor points when included the presentation turns out be simply flawless and good. You can also give a mock presentation so that you are able to review it and detect the errors or flaws.

In a nutshell, think like the audience, if you find a particular thing bland so will they. The more presentations you give the better you will get at it. You can also refer to variety of websites and self-help blogs that give you tips to enhance your presentation.