Presentation Skills Training Tips

HOW TO PRESENT WELL

Never miss an opportunity to make a presentation. Occasions where a presentation is appropriate are quite frequent if you look out for them. Every presenting experience will add to your effectiveness as a presenter.

Developing as a presenter

Trust yourself

If you do not think you are up to a particular presentation either get help (do training courses and rehearsals), or get someone else to do it (there's no shame in recognising your limits). However, most people have better presentation skills that they think they do. Recognise what you have. If you doubt your ability to think on your feet, for example, then defer questions till after the presentation. Similarly, do not use a joke as an ice breaker if you are not good at telling them.

Success is the best presentation training

Don't over reach yourself. Several short presentations that you feel went well will do you far more good than one big one that makes you sick with nerves and leaves you feeling inadequate.

Feedback

Encourage those around you to tell you the things you did well. Very few of us make progress by being told what was wrong with our presentation. When we're up in front of an audience we all have very fragile egos.


Follow these essential tips and your presentation skills development will blossom.

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Presentation Skills Articles and Further Reading

Read Presentation Skills outlining the 7 rules of good Presentation

Or an article titled Business Presentation Skills Training Tips

For a practical approach to PowerPoint Presentations, read the article titled Presentation Skills PowerPoint Survival Guide

For a shorter read, try Mastering Your Presenting Skills Style

For more about making best use of eye contact during a presentation see Presentation Skills - The Power of Eye Contact

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