Making an effective presentation to an audience regularly tops the list in surveys of people’s fears –much more than heights, flying or dying. Remember: You are not alone if the thought of speaking in public terrifies you. This fear is the bane of every qualified Frontline Manager, Mid-level Manager or Junior Executive.
Effective Presentations skills and public speaking skills are important in business, sales and selling, training, teaching, lecturing and generally entertaining an audience. Developing the confidence and capability to make good presentations and to stand in front of an audience and speak well, are extremely helpful competencies for self-development, too. good presentation skills are not limited to a privileged few – anyone can make a good presentation or deliver a speech to a professional and impressive standard. Like most things, it simply takes a little preparation and practice.
To be an effective presenter – one must commit to be an ongoing learner. Communications is a set of skills that can be learned, honed and taught. To be a proficient public speaker, you will grow as long as you seek to grow. At such times, apply Eleanor Roosevelt’s maxim: “No one can intimidate me without my permission.”
The format for a presentation can be very different: oral (spoken), multimedia (using various media – visuals, audio, etc), PowerPoint presentations, short impromptu presentations, long planned presentations, business presentations, educational or training sessions, lectures and simply giving a talk on a voluntary basis. Even speeches at weddings and eulogies at funerals are forms of presentations. Every effective presentation uses: techniques, confidence, experience and meticulous preparation. Good presentation is about entertaining as well as conveying information. People retain more if they are made to feel relaxed. Try to build credibility in the introduction itself and create a comfortable environment for the audience, which will come spontaneously if you are comfortable with yourself.
Welingkar’s workshop on Presentation Skills encourages the learner to get acclimatized to speaking confidently in the competitive environment through use of audio-visual aids. It involves usage of appropriate body language and helps create a rapport and credibility with the audience.
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