Introduction – Presentation Skills

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Bored with Presentations?

How many terminally boring presentations have been inflicted on you?
How often have you seen the same old recycled rubbish?
Do you really want to be that presenter?”

You probably don’t, because you’re looking at this site. You can be a credible, dynamic presenter by following a simple process, observing communication around you, adapting it to your own style, and practicing. Then add a Powerpoint, Keynote or Impress presentation and deliver it in an energetic, entertaining way you’ll see in the following articles.

Communication

Communication is there, every day, yet we’re reluctant to observe, implement and practice very much when it comes to our turn to get up before an audience.

Communication is everywhere: bombarding the world every moment through radio, television, advertising, internet, signs, newspapers, books, letters, emails and heaps of other ways. The aim of most communication is to persuade you to take action: buy Yumbo dog food, go on a holiday to Chichicastenango, eat a double fat triple cheeseburger and more. Some people who communicate for a living: actors, lawyers, writers, radio announcers, tv presenters, the clergy, politicians and others. There is lots to learn from both groups but the problem is there are so many messages that confusion thrives. Time is short, tasks are many and clients don’t want extraneous messages clogging their lives. Your task is to deliver messages that are brief, accurate and persuasive.

Why is there a need for presentation skills?

Ultimately, whatever field you work in, someone else is involved that needs to be convinced of the worth of your ideas, products, services, or solutions. That convincing requires communication through an  effective medium. It doesn’t matter if it’s one-on-one or many people, you are very unlikely to convince someone to take action if you confuse or bore them.

Presentation isn’t just about standing up and talking at your audience.  It’s about communicating a message that results in the action you want, and effective communication involves the transfer of emotion. Powerful presenters need a lot of skills other than being able to read, use PowerPoint, and operate a remote control. It’s more than projecting some words on a wall in a darkened room, lulling an audience into terminal boredom, with a monotone voiceover.

But it’s not difficult, you can learn a lot by observation, adaptation and practice. Open your receptors to the good communication that surrounds you constantly.

You might need coaching, just as a budding tennis player might need coaching on when to roll the wrist on a forehand.

Be unafraid, presentation can be a lot of fun when you are well-prepared, coached and practiced and communication is everywhere for you to observe and adapt to your own style.

Addendum:

If you’ve ever been to London, do you remember what it was like? Here’s a picture.

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The communication in this picture leaps out. It brings back the sights, sounds, people, events and smells, because it’s powerful, visual invoking stories, memories and sounds. Communication is  everywhere, and you can use it to your advantage in your presentations as you’ll see in later articles.

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