Before we begin, take a minute and think about a presenter. Who is the first person that comes to mind? It could be your college professor, someone hosting an event you attended, an actor, a CEO, someone from your company, a politician, or anyone else.
We have all had an experience where we were utterly captivated by the speaker and what they were saying, and another occasion where we could not wait for the talk to be over.
Thus, whoever you thought of at the start has most likely positively impacted you. They left you interested and inspired to take action. You probably went home after that talk with an optimistic feeling and a new perspective. These individuals, who captivate massive audiences, are not so different from you. They also started out as those people who bore people to sleep.
The only difference was that they decided to work on themselves and enhance their skills. They achieved that proficiency with practice and by developing their presentation skills. A great thing about this is that nothing stops you from doing the same thing. That means you can be one of those experts everyone admires.
If that seems impossible, we encourage you to read further, and we will explain to you how.
Let us begin by characterizing an ideal presenter.
A perfect presenter or public speaker has these 5 qualities:
- Confidence. It can single-handedly have the biggest impact on your presentation or speech. Confidence naturally attracts people and makes the speaker seem credible, trustworthy, and interesting.
- Passion. A passionate speaker intrigues the audience. If the audience hears a dull, uninterested speaker, their interest dies. On the other hand, if they hear a passionate, energetic speaker, they feel the energy as well and become passionate about the topic.
- Conciseness. Even the most energetic speakers can start to seem tedious if they go on for too long. Due to the short attention span of the audience, concise and short presentations will always be appreciated.
- Good Storytelling. Anything is more engaging in the form of a story. It hooks the audience’s attention and keeps them listening until the end. It is one of the best ways to develop an emotional connection with the audience.
- Knowledge About the Audience. A speaker with knowledge about their audience will be able to tailor the presentation accordingly, resulting in increased engagement.
We just described a “perfect” presenter to explain what you should be working towards and create a goal for you. Now we will talk about how you can move closer to that goal.
10 Tips to Become a Master Presenter
1. Be thorough with the topic
It is extremely evident that proficiency in the topic you are presenting will help you deliver the presentation without hiccups. If, unfortunately, you face any technical issues, you will always be able to rely on your knowledge to keep the show going. It will also exude confidence, which the audience respects.
2. Present an outline in the introduction
Giving the audience a general idea about your presentation has two benefits. It helps keep yourself on track, providing a revision at the last moment, and it helps the audience feel included, thus intriguing them.
3. Simplify the design
Brimming the slides with only text or graphics will ruin your entire presentation. If you want the audience to listen to you and focus on your point, try keeping a balance between the content and visuals. If you don’t have much knowledge about design, you can go for pre-designed presentation templates.
4. Focus on the tone and pace
Your pace and tone deeply impact your audience’s feelings upon listening to you. Make sure to keep a quick pace and employ voice modulation to keep the tone flowing, avoiding monotony. Being too quick can seem rushed, leaving the audience behind, and being too slow can seem boring. Thus keep your presentation at a pace that you are comfortable with and keep it moving along.
5. Display a positive posture
Your body language also has a huge impact on your presentation. The audience responds positively to an energetic and upright speaker. Also, make sure to face the audience, frequently making eye contact with everyone. Feel free to use your hands to express yourself.
Bonus tip: Know your audience well and rehearse your presentation time and again to develop expertise.
To conclude, a good presenter is confident, energetic, and thorough with his material. In order to master the skill of delivering great presentations, you should focus on developing the skills mentioned above. As you know, practice makes perfect; therefore, keep practicing.