We’ve all had to endure sitting through a presentation at some point in our lives. Some of us have even had the privilege to deliver them. Since public speaking is a fate worse than death for most people, chances are you’ve seen your share of ho-hum presentations. The next time you step up to the mic, try these presentation tips to wow your audience.
The Rule of 10/20/30
Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple and co-founder of Alltop.com, follows a 10/20/30 rule. He uses a maximum of 10 slides for 20 minutes of content and a minimum 30 point font. PowerPoint is about making a point, not giving the audience your presentation notes. Keep your slides clean, and then if you miss a point, your audience will be none the wiser.
Become a Story Teller
Instead of just spewing out the facts about your subject, why not tell a story? Inspire your audience by making your presentation about people. It will help them to relate to your topic. Make it personal by giving them insights into what makes you tick.
Practice Makes Perfect
Few people can just get up to give their presentation cold and nail it. If you don’t practice your presentation, you’re certain to fumble. This is the easiest way to lose the interest of your audience. But watch that you don’t turn into a robot, regurgitating your presentation from memory.