1. Presentations boil down to this: It’s not what you want to say, it’s what they need to hear.See the source image
  2. Use one-handed gestures to look relaxed and confident.
  3. If you open with the data, it will be picked it apart.
  4. Never start or end a presentation behind a piece of furniture, such as a lectern or table.
  5. Walk left or right on transitions, walk forward for stories.
  6. Be authentic—presentations are you, just a little louder, a little bigger, a little slower.
  7. If you’re not looking at eyes, you should be pausing, not talking.
  8. Inflection adds the meaning to your message and tells the audience what’s important.
  9. Speaking at a slower rate gives audiences time to process what you’re saying.
  10. Before you start writing your content, figure out what you want the audience to know, feel, and do when you’re done.
  11. Audiences crave meaning, so share during the opening how your content is relevant to them.
  12. Talk at their level, not above or below.
  13. Tease your key points in the opening to provide mile markers the audience can click off as they listen.
  14. Facts fade, data gets dumped, stories stick.
  15. Open with a hook to engage the audience, not “Thank you” or ”Today I’m going to talk about…”
  16. Openings and conclusions need to be delivered eyes-up, not looking at notes.
  17. Have the content and visuals ready a few days ahead of the presentation date to give yourself time to practice.
  18. Video record yourself during practice sessions and watch the playback to catch what you do and don’t like about your delivery.
  19. To reduce nerves, focus on what the audience is about to gain by listening to you, not on your shaky hands or voice.
  20. Remember: Audiences don’t come to see you; they come to hear the content.
  21. Say it one way, show it another way, and give it to them in a handout a third way.
  22. Insert a short Q and A before your conclusion, instead of at the very end.
  23. Be ready with one question to ask and answer yourself in case no one asks any.

© Jill Bremer 2021