You can never create a wining presentation until you are organized and prepared like a winner. If your presentation does not sprint out of the blocks like a true champion it can never win the objective that you are trying to capture. A winning presentation is a reflection of the qualities of what is being presented. Many people make presentations but few are winners from those presentations. In this article we are looking at the top five things that make a winning presentation.
First Impressions count
The same way that you judge people by the first impressions that they make is the same way people will judge your presentations. You cannot start your presentation by looking for your power point presentation, as if you forgot where you saved it. You cannot start your presentation by focusing on a minor issue, first impressions count. If you are working on a power point presentation then make sure your cover page, or your first page communicates what you want to achieve. Let it be a real cover page that people don’t struggle to see what is written on it or the color scheme is terrible for the person with eyesight problems. If you are standing to speak then don’t let people struggle to make out what you want to do, don’t bite your fingers, or move about. People need to differentiate between a person who wants to run, who wants to sit, who wants speech therapy and a person who wants to do a presentation.
Go straight to the Objectives
Do not leave anyone in doubt; let everyone know what the objective of your presentation is. Make it clear but not abrasive, don’t be dismissive of the objective but let it be simple and clear. No jargon, no around the bush objectives it must be clear. You objectives must be aligned and specific with the right chronological order. Give emphasis according to the weight of each objective but never spend too much time speaking about the objectives. If you go for more than five minutes talking about the objectives then you are already in the presentation. If you go on too much about your objectives you will preempt the composition of your presentation.
Imagination and Association
People think in images and associations. Your presentation must have life in that it must give meaning to people so that they can understand what you are trying to portray. So refrain from lots of words but pick the right choice of words which paint a vivid picture in the mind of the person who is listening to you. It is better to have one sentence in a slide than to have 100 words which mean nothing. People don’t remember everything they remember specific items which are a few, so you must be able to catch this.
Pace your presentations to the audience
The most boring presentations are ones in which the presenter just goes on and on non-stop, and it seems like he or she is the only person in the room. Presentations must take notice of how the listener is reacting. You must be able to react to the audience so that you can adjust appropriately where required. Going to a presentation with a script on how you will deliver the presentation is not the best thing to do. Even race drivers go to a race with a strategy but as the race goes and they see how other drivers are reacting they change their strategy here and there. Your presentation must feel like it is participatory, it must show that the audience is involved in it as well.
Conclude as you started
As you conclude, go over what you went through but most importantly remind the audience of the objectives that you started with. Make sure that you repeat the objectives and the main themes of those objectives.