Tips on How to Become a Master of Presentations
Developing an effective presentation has no secrets, you have to establish a clear objective, plan and organize your materials and use the right visual aids. To have a successful presentation, you must first identify your objectives to drive your presentation and move your audience toward your end goals. In any presentation, your end goals may either be your attendees taking a particular action, adopting a new perspective or responding to the information or facts presented. In order to establish and meet these goals, you need to carefully plan and determine your objectives because these are the foundation of the content, organization and visual aids of your presentation.
Aside from establishing your objectives and analyzing your own goals, you also have to consider your audience’s needs and expectations. You are able to choose the appropriate points of emphasis in your presentation, develop an effective and useful level of detail, select and prepare appropriate visual aids, and create a tone that is sensitive to the circumstance of your audience, through understanding of the expectations and needs of your audience. Your next step is planning and organizing of your presentation materials in order to help you tailor your approach, and choosing the right visual aids allow you to build effective one-way or two-way communication to your audience. When it comes to planning your material, do not wait to prepare your presentation, take note ideas that come to your mind right away, having an outline is helpful, as well as analyzing your audience and choosing appropriate presentation style and visual aids.
It is important to prepare effective displays or visual presentation by making it simple and avoid using fancy design, characters or logos that can shift the attention of your audience from the important things you need to let them know. In making your visual presentation, you need to have a readable material so everybody can read your material and do not use a photocopy of a standard printed page as a display. Per slide share, limit the content up to eight lines and the number of words should be kept at a minimum level. It is best to sacrifice content for legibility because even though you have an informative content but if it is not legible and readable, then it’s useless. For your texts, avoid using italic fonts and a lot of curves, but rather use readable fonts such as Arial and Sans Serif which are easier to read than Times Roman or Monotype Corsiva. Do not fill up the slide share, use equations sparingly and use light letters such as white or yellow on a dark background like dark blue or navy green.
If you are planning to give out handouts, you can print them on a wide format printer so you can use bigger sheets of paper and you can use them as a backdrop as well. You can use digital materials such as Powerpoint presentations for a more advanced and state of the art presentation.