5 More Tips for Better Presentations

A while ago we posted 10 Tips to Improve Your Next Presentation. Because presentations continue to be a great way to garner support, keep stakeholders in the know, and show end users what they can expect from your project, we’ve rounded up five more ways you can pump up your next presentation.

1 – Avoid slang. It’s not generally a good idea to use street slang, text messaging shortcuts, or phrases that aren’t likely to be recognized by the majority of your attendees. Use your audience as a guide, and tailor your language to them.

2 – Limit the acronyms. Unless you’re presenting to a group of fellow project professionals, keep your terminology simple. If acronyms must be used, take the time to explain them so the crowd can fully understand the information you’re giving them. This will also help avoid any misunderstandings that might arise from an acronym that has different meanings in different industries or regions.

3 – Provide handouts. A simple printout with your presentation slides and a space for notes is a good way to keep your audience focused and engaged. It’s also a great vehicle for giving attendees more details (such as graphs or charts not included in the presentation), directions to access additional materials that may be available online, and links to surveys and other interactive tools.

4 – Know the room. Where’s the light switch? Are there enough electrical outlets for all your gear? How do you adjust the microphone stand? Your presentation will appear much more polished if you’ve mastered the physical space beforehand.

5 – Enlist a helper. A presenter who stops to jot down audience questions for further research is distracting to attendees. Instead, bring along someone who can attend to any administrative issues that come up, so you’re able to focus solely on presenting.

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