Do you have difficulty delivering an effective presentation?
Are you overcome by fear of public speaking?
Does the thought of speaking in public cause you to break out in a cold sweat?
Here are 7 presentation skills you can develop to guarantee you deliver an awesome speech!
7 Effective Presentation Skills
1. Be an expert. Don’t speak on any topic. Pick a topic you are passionate about. Even more, become an expert on your topic so you can use personal stories, humor, and real-life illustrations. According to Malcolm Gladwell, the author of Outliners (affiliate link), it takes 10,000 hours to truly become an expert. I agree! But at the Speak It Forward Boot Camp we also teach how you can grow and position yourself as an expert in 3 months.
2. Connect with your audience. Average speakers deliver their presentation the same way no matter who is in their audience. Great speakers research their audience beforehand so they can shape their presentation to better fit their audience.
3. Be the energy leader. When you step up to speak, you have to control the energy in the room. Be a thermostat, not a thermometer.
4. Practice makes perfect. Rehearse. Often. Out loud. Are you as amazed as I am when a person delivers a major presentation without ever practice beforehand?
5. Rehearse in your mind. Not only do you need to practice out loud, you need to use your imagination. Imagine yourself presenting an awesome speech. You speak clearly. You speak confidently. You have great energy. Your audience is engaged. Bottom line, see yourself delivering a home-run presentation before you ever deliver your home-run presentation.
6. Make it stick. One of my favorite books on effective presentation skills is Made To Stick (affiliate link). Buy it. Read it. Highlight it. Apply it.
7. Invest in yourself. If you present on a regular basis, be sure to invest in yourself to better develop your presentation skills. Toastmasters is a great free organization. The National Speakers Association is a great fee-based organization (I’m a member and am very pleased). And I highly recommend the Speak It Forward Boot Camp.
- Which one of the presentation skills listed above is most helpful for you?
- What presentation skills would you add to this list?