Presentation skills are important in business. The ability to convincingly assert your point is something that many of us are called upon to do, but don’t have the requisite skills to always accomplish. Presentations are now central to many job interviews, business meetings and electronic communications. Not to mention training interventions.
One of my former roles was as a Trainer, giving training interventions lasting from one half-day up to four weeks. I received training to do it – and I was grateful for it. I have attended many presentations, some of which I have walked out-of, because: the slides had too much information; the presenter worked from the slides instead of knowing what they are telling you; it was too long and boring, etc.
I used to have some gags in my presentations. Like patting the electric fan and saying “… and this is my greatest fan”. Yes, I know that it’s a rubbish gag – but it breaks the ice and that makes your job easier.
People could learn so much by just getting some advice on giving presentations. Much is available on the web; the University of Leicester gives advice at: Presentation Skills. Those who assume that they can just give a presentation without gaining any advice are obvious when they deliver it. Those who have received advice or training in presenting exude: confidence; preparation; knowledge and the ability to respond to questions. Whether you are required to present at uni’ or in business – take the advice of an old hand and get some help!
There is also a moral to this blog. I recently revealed that I gave presentations and was asked to help out at a meeting. I was astonished to find myself Chairing a public meeting with 200 in the audience and eight dignitaries on the platform. The moral here is to: find out what’s required before committing!