What is a presentation? When you want to say something important to an audience or a group effectively we may call it a presentation.
The primary objective of any presentation is to influence the audience. We look at how we must prepare a presentation in order that we achieve our objective of influencing the said group. We will go into details as how should we prepare the presentation and how we should actually make the presentation.
It is most necessary to know our audience and then to define the needs of the audience. We must then make a detailed assessment of their likes and dislikes while assessing to what extent they have knowledge about the subject being talked about. A deeper contemplation on these matters alone will enable us to crystalise the following:
1. What kind of language you should use to express your views.
2. What are those few points (three-four) which will really impress the audience
3. It will also guide us on how the actual delivery should be made.
The subject matter should be thoroughly known to you. Even if it something that you deal on a daily basis; you must establish you main points, find out suitable examples which can illustrate your statement. The content of the presentation must be designed always keeping in view the needs of the audience.
The presentation techniques require thorough understanding of the importance of articulation in speech, modulation of voice, and the use of positive body language. Steeve Jobs who is considered one of the best presenters ever has emphasized the importance of rehearsing the presentation. The beginning the entire speech should be written and then needs to be rehearsed. Rehearsing a speech will ensure a confident and powerful presentation without any stage fright.
Any good presentation will not achieve its objective if it is only one way communication. A speaker should be prepared to handle questions. Try to visualize the different types of questions that may be asked by your defined audience. Prepare answers to these questions.
You must also ensure that the questions do not take away or distract from the core subject. Besides a presenter never argue with any member of the audience. If any point is being stretched by a member of the audience, the speaker must politely mention that in the interest of time this point could be discussed during the break. In any case do not allow any one person to monopolise asking questions.The presenter also needs to develop a capability to make any changes necessary looking at the body language of the audience.
On the whole, presentation skills is an art that takes an individual's personality to a higher level and is something that must get the level of time, effort and attention it deserves.
Dr. E. Mathews (HOD, CKT College) : “Very useful to improve the confidence level of teachers.”
Dr. Renu Sharma (Ph. D.) (Lecturer, Nirmala Niketan) : "The areas in my communication which I always wished to improve but never got a chance were addressed by this workshop."
Mr. A. Subbarayan (Senior Divisional Manager, LIC) : “It’s clearly helpful to modulate voice and speak clearly.”
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