Few people truly enjoy public
speaking, but in the work world presenting goes with the territory. Case in
point: there are literally dozens and dozens of books on Amazon on the topic. A
round up of the best can be found here but
in the interest of brevity, this post looks at three short-and-sweet articles
that will elevate your game in short order.
Winning Power Points
Corporate presentations are often accompanied by
Power Point and reams of data. Avoid boring your audience to sleep by reading If You Must Use PowerPoint, Here's How To Do It: 5
Tips From Hans Rosling.
include not speaking to the slides, speaking with passion and limiting
distracting animation effects.
Learn from a Pro
Few business people in the world command the attention
of Steve Jobs when he presents. Interested in adopting some of his presentation
skills? Read 9 Quick Tips For
Successful Presentations From A Steve Jobs Event.
include acknowledging the crowd, using lay people terms rather than industry
jargon and having fun with your material.
Finally, for those of you who are deeply leery of
presenting, or who feel that excellent presentation skills are out of their
reach, read Why We Fear Public Speaking
And How To Overcome It.
This useful article posits that talented presenters are made not born, and that
excellent presentation skills can be honed through practice, just as a skill in
sports is learned and improved by coaching and rote practice.
How do you prepare to present?
Do you have any tips or strategies for improving your presentation skills?
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