Why No One Talks About Presentations Anymore
Tips on How to Become a Master of Presentations
Developing an effective presentation has no secrets, you have to establish a clear objective, plan and organize your materials and use the right visual aids. It is important to know and identify your objectives in order to attain success in your presentation because these will drive the smooth flow of your presentation and move your audience to your target end goals. Your end goals may either result to your attendees taking a particular action, adopting a new perspective or responding to the facts and information. To establish these goals, you need to have careful planning because your objectives become the foundation of your presentation’s content, organization, and visual aids.
Aside from establishing your objectives and analyzing your own goals, you also have to consider your audience’s needs and expectations. Through understanding the expectations and needs of your audience, it allows you to choose the appropriate points of emphasis in your presentation, develop an effective and useful level of detail, select and prepare appropriate visual aids, and create a tone that is sensitive to the circumstance of your audience. Your next step is planning and organizing of your presentation materials in order to help you tailor your approach, and choosing the right visual aids allow you to build effective one-way or two-way communication to your audience. When you plan your material, don’t wait the time you can prepare your presentation but rather take notes of the ideas that come to your mind from the moment you were given the task, create an outline, analyze your audience and choose appropriate presentation style and visual aids.
Although aesthetics is important in any visual presentation, avoid using fancy designs, loud colors, special characters, logos or unnecessary decorations that can shift the attention of your audience from the important things you need to discuss. In making your visual presentation, you need to have a readable material so everybody can read your material and do not use a photocopy of a standard printed page as a display. It is also important to keep the number of words in a minimum level and keep the content up tp a maximum of eight lines per slide share. It is better to sacrifice content for legibility because having good contents that are not readable is just useless. For your texts, avoid using italic fonts and a lot of curves, but rather use readable fonts such as Arial and Sans Serif which are easier to read than Times Roman or Monotype Corsiva. Do not fill up the slide share, use equations sparingly and use light letters such as white or yellow on a dark background like dark blue or navy green.
Print your handouts on a wide format printer so you can use bigger sheets of paper and you can use them as a backdrop as well. You can use digital technologies to your great advantages such as a tablet, LCD, smart TV or Powerpoint presentation.