In a 6-week series run by the Entrepreneur magazine, author explained how 6 key elements make for a perfect presentation. The series covers 6 important factors that are essential for a presentation’s success, namely Materials, Technology, Speaking, Practice, Appearance and Follow-up
1. Materials: Author Sarah Pierce has covered the ‘materials you use to back up your pitch’. This includes you PowerPoint slides or your Slide deck, handouts, demo products or any other material that you would use as a prop or a visual aid. Male sure all the ‘material’ that you take along with you is perfect. There should be not typos in the handouts, your slide deck must be impeccable, and make sure any demo products and props are in good working condition. Read more on materials here.
2. Technology: Don’t let technology take over and destroy your presentation. Let the technology support you. Technology as referred to here includes a laptop, a mobile device, a projector, a remote, a pointer, a USB device etc. Familiarise yourself with what you are going to use on the day of your presentation. If you are not technologically inclined, ask for soem help. Do a trial run of your presentation with the existing technology. Read the article in detail here.
3. Speaking: Delivering your presentation can be nerve-racking especially if you are giving a career changing PPT. Many factors together contribute to how well you speak during your presentation. Body language is a major factor. If you are nervous, your body language immediately gives it away. How you respond to questions, shows how well you know your subject. Here are some of the tips from the article about how you should respond to questions
4. Practice: To quote the well known saying, practice makes perfect! It holds true for your presentation as well. Read PowerPoint expert Vivek Singh’s post about the importance of Practice here. This article explains how you should go about practising your presentations, and what & how you should practice.
5. Appearance: Here is something that might not be considered a priority, but is something every presenter must consider. Peirce says “Presentations aren’t a fashion show-nobody cares if your suit is Armani or from Men’s Warehouse-but your appearance can help sway your audience more than you’d think.” Read the article here.
6. Follow-up: Once your presentation is done, you must seek feedback from the audience. In a previous article, Singh has written about feedback – “Once you have your regular feedback mechanism going, go to every presentation with 2 or 3 clear objectives.”