Everyone Loves Applause: How to Give a Business Presentation That Your Colleagues Will Love

Are you preparing for a business presentation?

Presenting in front of key executives at your company can be extremely nerve-wracking, but it is possible to improve your presentation skills if you’re willing to put in some time and effort.

If you want to get better at presenting but aren’t sure how to get started, read on for five tips that will help you improve quickly.

1. Practice Public Speaking

If you have a fear of public speaking, you’re not alone. In fact, research suggests that up to 75 percent of the population faces the same issue.

Although the fear of public speaking is extremely common, it can make even a small presentation a difficult task. Overcoming this fear will take time and a lot of practice.

Before your next presentation, make sure you rehearse what you’re going to say at least a few times beforehand. To start getting comfortable in front of crowds, try presenting in front of one person first, and then slowly work your way to two people, three people, and so on. The more you practice public speaking, the more natural it will feel.

2. Ask Questions

A good presenter engages their audience; they don’t just lecture them. To keep your audience’s attention, work some interactive elements into your presentation.

Asking them questions makes them feel like a part of the presentation, and it also helps you ensure the content is interesting and relevant to them.

3. Master Your Material

Many people use notecards or a teleprompter when they’re presenting. While this is a good way to ensure you say on track and don’t forget your material to your audience, it can sound like you’re reading from a script.

Try to memorize your material as much as possible. Keep notecards close by with some key points, but don’t read off them.

4. Keep the Presentation Simple

Another important element of your presentation is your slide deck. When you’re designing your slides in PowerPoint (or whatever medium you choose), make sure you keep the content and design very simple.

You don’t want your audience to be distracted by a lot of words on the screen. If the slides are too crowded, they’ll be busy reading them and won’t listen to what you have to say.

5. Relax

Nerves can cause you to rush through your presentation or forget important topics, so take some time to relax before starting. Relaxing before your presentation is easier said than done, but finding a routine that calms you down.

Go for a walk, listen to some positive music, meditate, and take some deep breaths. The more relaxed you are before the presentation starts, the better things will go.

Learn More About Giving a Successful Business Presentation

A good business presentation takes a lot of preparation, but practice really does make perfect. Following these simple tips before your next speech or presentation will help you gain confidence in your public speaking ability and impress everyone at your company.

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About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.