Why at career studio
Our executive presentation training workshops are a one-of-a-kind learning experience. They’re highly interactive, enjoyable, and effective. Everything we teach is based on science that just works and is highly effective. We create a dynamic and engaging learning environment, empowering your staff toThink on their feet in meetings and in front of a crowd
- Immediately command the audience with a powerful first impression
- Employ both verbal and non-verbal techniques to engage the audience
- Incorporate powerful visual aids
- Exude confidence and poise when delivering business presentation.
- Overcome the fear of public speaking
TIPS ON MAKING PRESENTATIONS
As part of an extended interview/selection centre you may be asked to give a short presentation. Usually you choose the topic from a list which may include your hobbies, a recent holiday, a current affairs topic or one of your achievements, or sometimes you may be asked to make a presentation on a case study you have previously done as part of the extended interview. The purpose is not to test your subject knowledge, but to see how well you can speak in public. Typically you will be asked to talk for five minutes, and will be given 20 or 30 minutes beforehand to prepare.
- Dress smartly: don’t let your appearance distract from what you are saying.
- Smile. Don’t hunch up and shuffle your feet. Have an upright posture. Try to appear confident and enthusiastic.
- Say hello and smile when you greet the audience: your audience will probably look at you and smile back: an instinctive reaction.
- Speak clearly, firmly and confidently as this makes you sound in control. Don’t speak too quickly: you are likely to speed up and raise the pitch of your voice when nervous. Give the audience time to absorb each point. Don’t talk in a monotone the whole time. Lift your head up and address your words to someone near the back of audience. If you think people at the back can’t hear, ask them.
- Use silence to emphasise points. Before you make a key point pause: this tells the audience that something important is coming. It’s also the hallmark of a confident speaker as only these are happy with silences. Nervous speakers tend to gabble on trying to fill every little gap.
- Keep within the allotted time for your talk.
- Eye contact is crucial to holding the attention of your audience. Look at everyone in the audience from time to time, not just at your notes or at the PowerPoint slides. Try to involve everyone, not just those directly in front of you.
- Walk around a little and gesture with your hands. Bad presenters keep their hands on the podium or in their pockets! Don’t stand in one place glued to the spot hiding behind the podium! Good presenters will walk from side to side and look at different parts of the audience.
- You could try to involve your audience by asking them a question.
- Don’t read out your talk, as this sounds boring and stilted, but refer to brief notes jotted down on small (postcard sized) pieces of card. Don’t look at your notes too much as this suggests insecurity and will prevent you making eye contact with the audience.
- It’s OK to use humour, in moderation, but better to use anecdotes than to rattle off a string of jokes.
- Take along a wristwatch to help you keep track of time – the assessor may cut you off as soon as you have used the time allocated, whether or not you have finished.
- It can be very helpful to practise at home in front of a mirror. You can also record your presentation and play it back to yourself: don’t judge yourself harshly when you replay this – we always notice our bad points and not the good when hearing or seeing a recording or ourselves! Time how long your talk takes. Run through the talk a few times with a friend.
HAVE A STRUCTURE
Have a beginning, middle and an end. Use short sentences.
- Who are the audience?
- What points do I want to get across?
- How much time have I got?
- What visual aids are available? Powerpoint projector? flip chart? Don’t necessarily use these. Sometimes the best presentations are the most informal.
- Welcome the audience.
- Say what your presentation will be about: the aims and objectives.
The Middle should outline your argument or develop your story
- In five minutes you will only have time for two or three main points and allow everything else to support these. List your main headings and any key phrases you will use.
- Don’t try to say pack too much content in or you will talk non- stop trying to get all your content and the audience will switch off with information overload long before the end.
- Use graphics or anecdotes to add variety.
- Briefly summarise your main points.
- Answer any questions.
- Thank the audience for listening. Look at the audience again, smile and slow down.
The end should be on a strong or positive note – not tailing away to “..well that’s all I’ve got to say so thank you very much for listening ladies and gentlemen”
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