Prepare the experience for your audience if you’re given the opportunity; arrange the tables and chairs so that they’ll be able to view the presentation clearly and comfortably.
If you’re using your own laptop, ensure that you use your power cord to avoid awkward and unprecedented intermissions, and turn off your screen saver and your emails.Remember to introduce yourself properly.
Body language speaks volumes! If you’re able to easily and naturally move about the room don’t be afraid to do so; if you don’t feel comfortable doing this, you could remain seated, keeping your body language as open as possible, but be aware that one of our clients’ biggest gripes is people who deliver presentations sitting down. If you want to make an impact, stand up. When presenting, remember to use your hands as a form of expression; your audience will enjoy it much more if they feel you’re energised and enthusiastic about your subject.
Speak steadily and clearly, especially at the beginning of your presentation, to calm any pesky nerves.
If you’ve compiled a leave piece, whether as a paper handout or on a USB stick, remember to distribute it at the end of the presentation. Circulating accompanying information beforehand may distract your listeners during the presentation.
If you’ve kept your presentation points succinct and talked around your subject, you’ll find it easy to make eye contact with your audience as you speak; it’ll help you engage with what you’re saying.
Ensure that you’re smartly, yet comfortably dressed and take water with you; talking at length can play havoc with your voice. If you’re suffering from any topical conditions, such as a cold, ensure you take provisions for this to avoid being distracted by minor irritations.