If you follow me on twitter (@markcatchlove) then you maybe will have spotted that I recently tweeted some advice about presentations. I was inspired to do this during a recent conference as I observed some (not all) speakers failing to observe some of the fundamental requirements to deliver a good presentation
Public speaking is something I love doing, and I sometimes get it right. These were some of the words of advice that I tweeted during that event, and I hope they help you. They act as a very good reminder for me as well. I will share them in the order I tweeted them, rather than in order of importance, and they are just as tweeted, so they will be short and to the point.
- Engage with the audience.
- Look like you are interested in what you’re saying.
- If you use powerpoint, look at the audience, not the screen
- 20 minutes means 20 minutes
- Talk to the whole audience – not just the moderator
- Localise your presentation – don’t quote square footage in a metric market
- Do not act surprised when a slide comes up
Finally, you might enjoy this fun guide on how not to use powerpoint