If you want to deliver a powerful and engaging business presentation, Steve Campion from Toastmasters International has the following advice:
If you’re thinking of adding charts and graphs – ask yourself; "will this chart make it easier for THIS audience to understand THIS message?". If not, try something different. If you do need to provide the detailed data, then make it available through a handout or a follow-up email.
Consider your use of text carefully; use it sparingly and use a large, clear font. Remember, your audience can't read and listen to you at the same time, so always pause after revealing something on the screen.
Finally, take a moment to breathe, smile – and enjoy the experience of delivering your powerful presentation to an audience that will be enthralled, delighted and convinced by your message.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Steve Campion is from Toastmasters International a non-profit educational organisation that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organisation’s membership exceeds 345,000 in more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. There are more than 300 clubs in the UK and Ireland with over 7,500 members. To find your local club: www.toastmasters.org Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.
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