Tips on improving your presentation skills

 
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Presentations are one of the most important skills of the modern world. So, with so much advice on offer, how do we decide what is the best advice to take?

Presentation Skills Training

Good presenters are not born that way. Looking around the infant school playground, you do not see good or bad presenters. Sure there are some personality trends – some people are introverts and some are extroverts. The simple truth is that good presenters have had lots of practice of doing it to an audience and sometimes, alone & in front of standing mirrors too. If you want to improve your presentation skills then scroll down the page to read the listed tips.

Presentation anxiety

To someone faced with giving a presentation for the first time it can bring them out in a cold sweat. In fact for many people the fear of public speaking is much higher than the fear of going to the dentist or even death. Presentation anxiety can really hamper some people. This is another area where practice and training can really help.

Presentation nerves affect all but the most seasoned presenters. The build up in tension, most commonly called adrenaline, is actually a build up of testosterone. It can affect most of us with symptoms from bringing out sweats to physically feeling sick. Presentations are known to most speakers as natures natural laxative

Two techniques that I have found to work are:

  • Visualization

Try to imagine a very happy time in your life. Close your eyes and imagine that time. What does it fees like, what did you see, what were the sounds that you heard. Now imagine the same feeling when you step down from the podium. I usually do this just before I walk on stage and it has a wonderfully relaxing effect.

  • Breathing

Stand up. Imagine that you are about to walk on stage at the start of your presentation. You will probably be feeling rather tense and you may be holding your breath. Unlock your knees, breathe using your tummy, rather than your chest and shake out your arms. You will find that it will be a lot more difficult to feel tense if you concentrate on improving your breathing.

 

Practice

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As with any skill – the more you do it, the better your performance will become.

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About the Author

Hassan Cortex Anifowose

Hassan is the co-founder of Chronos Studeos, where he works as an Architect and Animation Supervisor. He has since been an active contributor to the visualization industry in Nigeria on a large scale. His work "SOHO Living for Urban professionals made it to the 2nd stage of the World architecture News (WAN) awards in December 2012. He is the brain behind 'Creative Architects', a cross platform event which allows idea propagation between tech-driven architects.

5 Comments

  1. lol @ “standing in front of mirrors”.. i have done that before and well it gave me an insight of how the audience would respond to my body language during my presentation.. the above is a nice piece.. i would recommend..! practice is still a very important key though..

  2. well, great article, Cortex.

    In addition, one thing I’ve found to work for me (when it comes to practicing) is this; every man’s judge is first & basically, human… being a professional or whatever is an added attribute. Hence my resolve to start my rehearsal with anybody, so long as he/she has ears!
    Whenever I’m blessed with a chatty seat mate on the bus, I usually guide our discussion to my advantage, after which I waste no time to scoop out my concept sheets… I chat away, making sure I educate them while I build my confidence in parallel…
    After all, I started learning to swim from the shallow end and not the 18ft end…

    Once again, nice post.

  3. Nice learning facts. Sometimes u would just feel like passing out just b4 a presentation. This happens especially for technical presentations. You yawn severally and pray severely. Very good piece up there.

  4. Lovely piece @ Chronos Studeos…Hassan,Hussein,Femi,Ola,keep up the goodwork.These presentation tips are so cool & precise.The mind is the creator of what is to happen in REALITY if you have positive or negative thoughts the universe responds accordingly.In everything or task no matter how EASY or CHALLENGING approach it like a child @ PLAY time*lol*!!!

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