19/11/2010 § Leave a comment
For this weeks TOW, we are to feature a blog post that wasn’t written by us. This gives you a bit more insight into the views of others.
I chose to highlight a post from the wonderful Juliet Jones. She is amazing, not just as a person but creatively as well. She’s going places. This post is her tips on presenting. Really helpful if I do say so myself!
You can visit Juliet’s Blog Post here, or read it down below 🙂
November 4, 2010 by jgjonespr
Public Speaking can be a really scary thing. I personally do not enjoy it one bit. But there are ways you can overcome that fear. Here are some tips to help you be the best public speaker you can be.
1. Gather your Facts – It is never good to go into a presentation not knowing what your talking about. Hopefully if your giving a presentation in the first place, you know a little something about the subject your presenting. If you do not, do your research. Find facts about the presentation and look deeper into those facts. Gather your own thoughts on the information so that you can expand on the topic with your own opinion.
2. Dress the Part – It is always nice to dress professionally during a presentation. People will listen to you more if they think you are coming off professional. This even means your look. You do not want to go into a presentation wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt. If your audience things you don’t care, they wont care.
3. Have some Visuals – Visuals can always help add that little extra something to a presentation. It keeps your audience’s attention and gives them visuals to view alongside your presentation. Powerpoint slides are great visuals to use!
4. Speak Clearly – Speak loud and clearly when presenting. Make sure everyone in the room can hear you, even those in the very back of the classroom. Also, do not rush your sentences. Make sure every sentence seems important and you take your time on each.
5. Eye Contact – Maintain eye contact throughout the entire presentation.
6. Ask questions – Ask questions to your audience members. Get them involved in the presentation to not only keep their attention, but to give you a breather!
7. Organize – Make sure your presentation is organized and has a great flow to it. Keep subjects consistent and within the same topic.
8. Make an outline – sometimes its good to do an outline of your presentation. It keeps you on track and helps you remember the important stuff.
9. Practice – Practice makes perfect! Do not forget to practice your presentation a few times before presenting it. It will give be confidence during the presentation and you will not feel that terrible feeling of “procrastination”.
10. Have fun – Do not forget to have fun! Even if you hate public speaking, make the best out of it! It is your time to shine and speak your mind! The attention is on you, and have fun with it!