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12 Tips For Giving An Incredible Presentation

What’s one lesser known tip for giving an incredible presentation (to anyone)?




1. Move AroundADAM LIEB

“Don’t stand still behind a podium. One sure-fire way to keep people engaged is by constantly moving around. Walk into the audience, pace on the stage, or wave your hands around. These are all great tactics for keeping your audience engaged.”



2. Use 30-Point TypeMICHAEL PORTMAN

“Pictures speak louder than words, and the words you use in a presentation need to tell the story succinctly. Thirty-point type is large enough for the person in the back row to read, and it forces the presenter to use slides as support for the story rather than the story itself. No one wants to go to a presentation to read slides — they want to listen to you.”

– MICHAEL PORTMANBirds Barbershop


3. Tell a StoryPANOS PANAY

“Think of your presentation as a simple story that needs to resonate on an emotional, rather than an intellectual, level.”

– PANOS PANAYBerklee College of Music


4. Smile and BreatheJenny Blake

“Show that you’re relaxed, happy to be there and having fun. If you can exude calm, confident energy, your audience will feel at ease and be able to truly hear what you’re saying. If you get pre-presentation jitters (like many of us do), give your adrenaline something to do by clenching and opening your fists a few times and taking three of the deepest, slowest breaths you possibly can.”

– JENNY BLAKEJenny Blake


5. Know that Less Is MoreDANNY BOICE

“No one ever stands up after a presentation and says, “If only that had been longer!” And they don’t say, “Man, if only those slides had been more densely packed with crucial but nigh-impossible-to-parse information!” If you have to use PowerPoint or Keynote or some kind of slide app, limit each slide to one single image or very few words. The message should come from you — not the slides.”



6. Make a JokeJessica-Butcher

“A common presenting error is for nerves to lead to fast delivery and loss of emphasis. To master mine and slow my pace down, I typically crack a (bad) joke early on in the presentation. As soon as I hear laughter and relaxation in my audience, I relax and start to enjoy the presentation. Then I take it at a better pace that’s more likely to draw people in.”



7. Have Everyone Close Their LaptopsMITCH GORDON

“You might give the best presentation in the world, but no one will pay attention if their laptops are open. If you’re presenting, it’s your floor, and you make the rules. Politely ask everyone to close their laptops. You will then have their full focus and attention. At that point, the pressure is on you to provide a helpful and worthy presentation!”




“Obviously you don’t want to go into any presentation unprepared, but once you have your content down, you need to have the confidence to stray. A presentation isn’t a monologue; it’s a dialogue between you and your audience. Closely watch the audience’s reaction, and adjust your presentation accordingly. When they seem bored, pivot. When they seem engaged, stay on that track.”

– DAVID EHRENBERGEarly Growth Financial Services


9. Write Tweets for Your AudienceERIC KOESTER

“Part of Twitter’s brilliance is that it forces you to be 140-characters concise. Do the same with your presentations: write a tweet you’d send for each slide or each section. It forces you to capture the core of the presentation and communicate in an incredibly concise manner. And heck, consider sharing the tweets. Spoon-feed your audience for social media.”



10. Make Three PointsDANNY WONG

“First, state that you have three points to make. Then, go into them one by one in detail, clearly identifying each point as the first point, second and third. State your conclusion, and restate those three points so the audience can better commit them to memory. The three points shouldn’t be overlapping, but they should contribute to your final conclusion/recommendation.”

– DANNY WONGBlank Label


11. Make Your Closing CreativeANDREW SCHRAGE

“Too many presenters focus on the opening or body of their presentation but miss out on a huge opportunity in the closing. It’s the last impression your audience will have of you — make it count.”

– ANDREW SCHRAGEMoney Crashers Personal Finance


12. Engage Your AudienceTed Murphy

“In order to give an incredible presentation, get your audience involved. Ask questions, have them come up to help you demonstrate your point, or make them do something silly. Once the audience is engaged and feels like you’re not just talking at them, they’ll feel more comfortable and be more receptive to your ideas.”



Originally published by StartupCollective.


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Author : Young Entrepreneur Council

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

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