Tips on Becoming a Master of Presentations
There is no secret in creating an effective presentation, you need to establish a clear objective, plan and organize your materials and use the appropriate visual aids. To have a successful presentation, you must first identify your objectives to drive your presentation and move your audience toward your end goals. It is important that your end goals will drive a particular action from your attendees, allow them to adopt a new perspective or enable them to respond to the information or facts presented. To establish these goals, you need to have careful planning because your objectives become the foundation of your presentation’s content, organization, and visual aids.
It is also crucial to take into consideration the expectations and needs of your audience part of setting your objectives and analyzing your own goals. You are able to choose the appropriate points of emphasis in your presentation, develop an effective and useful level of detail, select and prepare appropriate visual aids, and create a tone that is sensitive to the circumstance of your audience, through understanding of the expectations and needs of your audience. Your next step is planning and organizing of your presentation materials in order to help you tailor your approach, and choosing the right visual aids allow you to build effective one-way or two-way communication to your audience. When it comes to planning your material, do not wait to prepare your presentation, take note ideas that come to your mind right away, having an outline is helpful, as well as analyzing your audience and choosing appropriate presentation style and visual aids.
Although aesthetics plays a vital role in effective visual presentation, try to avoid using fancy designs, special characters, loud colors, logos or unnecessary decorations that can shift the attention of your audience away from the important things you need to discuss. Ensure that you have a readable material by using at least a 24-point font so that everyone in the room can clearly read your material, and avoid using a photocopy of a standard printed page as a display. Per slide share, limit the content up to eight lines and the number of words should be kept at a minimum level. It is better to sacrifice content for legibility because having good contents that are not readable is just useless. When it comes to your text, avoid using curves or italic fonts, but instead use readable fonts such as Arial and Sans Serif which are easier to read than Times Roman or Monotype Corsiva. Don’t fill up the slide share, use light letters such as white or yellow on a dark background like dark blue or navy green, and use equations sparingly.
If you are planning to give out handouts, you can print them on a wide format printer so you can use bigger sheets of paper and you can use them as a backdrop as well. You can use digital technologies to your great advantages such as a tablet, LCD, smart TV or Powerpoint presentation.