Presentation Skills Training Tips


A good structure will help you as much as your audience. If you feel in tune with the logic of your presentation, it will flow much better. Always rewrite a presentation you inherit from someone else.

Structuring effective presentations

Use metaphors

Metaphors and analogies are vital to communication. 'It's like climbing a greasy pole', for example, conveys far more than just literal meaning. It conveys image and feeling and enables others to empathise through similar experiences of their own. And remember the light bulbs - if they're not lighting up try a different metaphor.


Giving an example always helps your listeners to see more clearly what you mean. It's quicker and more colourful.

The point

Stick to the point using three or four basic ideas. For any detail that you cannot communicate in 20 minutes, try another medium such as handouts or brochures.


End as if you have done well. Do this even if you feel like you've done badly. First, you're probably the worst judge of how you've done, and second, if you finish well you'll certainly fool some of the people into thinking it was all pretty good. And anyway a good finish will get you some applause - and you deserve it!

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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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