Presenting at a conference or meeting can be stressful. Here are some tips to help make your next meeting more productive and stress- free!
Practice, practice, practice- There is nothing worse than an unprepared or unorganized presenter! Don’t let all of your time and energy be in vain. Practice what you are going to say before hand. Make sure you speak clearly, are able to get all of your points across and that you finish up in the time allotted to you.
Keep it short- Make sure your presentation is no more than 20-30 minutes long. If you speak for longer than that, you run the risk of losing the group’s focus. If you have more to say, you can break your presentation into two sessions. Give them a small break in between to get up, stretch and grab something to drink. A well planned presentation should not last longer than 20-30 minutes.
Incorporate multimedia- Change up the “usual” presentation. Add a short video that is relevant to what you are speaking about. YouTube has an endless supply of these. If you are using PowerPoint, add some photos!
Encourage participation- Although this may not work for all meetings, sometimes it is good to ask for participation from the attendees. You could start off your presentation with a question and ask them to answer it. Or, at the end, you could ask if anyone has anything to add or any questions that you could answer.
Recap your key points- Doing a recap of your key points or ideas is a good way to wrap up a presentation. It re-focuses the group and emphasizes your key points. It is a simple way to bring your presentation to a close while giving relevant information.