A successful presentation is one in which the audience gains some valuable information regarding the subject that has been spoken about.
The audience has to benefit in some way in return for the time they put in. it is a widely held belief that speaking well and good presentations are a result of one’s individual intelligence and brilliance. They believe factors such as their charm, cleverness and wit are all that is needed prior to speaking well. To some people, these may be natural however they are often the seed of knowledge, adequate practice and passion for the material being presented.
The audience has needs. These will have to be served during the course of the presentation. It is not necessary for the presenter to be perfect but for him / her to cater for the audience’s general desires. Mistakes can be made and this is okay as long as the material being presented is relevant. Several mishaps frequently occur. This may include projector failure, problems with the sound system etc. this is still not a big deal.
Humour is welcome but is also not necessary for your presentation to be successful. In this regard, the ability to reach your audience is the measure of one’s success and is the indication of true perfection.
The audience should receive two or more vital bits of information. It is not expected that you are knowledgeable on the entire field on which you speak. Furthermore, it is not expected that you will speak for very long periods concerning your subject. This is usually not necessary and a burden for both you and your audience. It is more rewarding to find two or more crucial points and present them in an exciting manner.
Focus on the audience and not on yourself. This will make it easier for you to impart valuable information. A personal testimony may be interesting but you need to have the presentation connected back to the audience. A simple rule of thumb that can be used is to use ten “yours” for every single “I” that you use. This will ensure that your presentation is more in relation to your audience than it is to yourself.
It is important to understand that some audience members may present situations which will be out of your control. A negative member needs not be conquered; faulty audio/video gear can be and interference. There is hardly adequate time to deal with some of the situations that may arise and still present your material successfully.
Some audience members may fall asleep, they may start talking aloud or their cell phones may ring. This should be ignored in favour of delivering important information.
It might be necessary for you to consider yourself as personal friend to the audience. This will allow you to be more at ease as well as seem natural. It will also be much easier for them to relate to you. Audience members automatically assume that those on the stage are very knowledgeable on the subjects they address. This will help others perceive you to be a leader; however, your pints will definitely strike home if your views seem to come from personal experience.
The ultimate goal of presentation is to give the audience a valuable session. You should therefore strive to create a connection between the material being presented and the audience. The needs of the audience are a priority and must be considered.