Four Steps to a Better Presentation

The process of learning or developing a presentation style is similar to building a career by perfecting some basic steps, procedures, knowledge base to demonstrate your expertise. There are some basic but critical steps that will get you to your destination anPresentation Skillsd you will enjoy the journey.

1. Get Good Instruction
We’re talking about your career here… Don’t sell yourself short or waste time by not connecting with effective mentors who will provide you with the perfect blend of encouragement and perfection desire. When you think big picture about your career, a financial investment on training and coaching is a very small investment that will likely result in disproportionately large returns over the long-term. There are great training courses that are mobile for under $30. This forces you to become accountable to continuously improve your performance. Reading free advice online inspires ZERO accountability!

2. Practice (Get Your Ego Out of the Way!)
Practicing your skills may not be your favorite thing to do. But, you must allocate some of your practice time in front of other people. Don’t let your ego become the biggest factor in shutting down your skill development. Make practicing a routine part of your development. Don’t be shy, everyone should strive to improve all of the tools in their career skill set.

3. Perfect the Most Critical Techniques
There are some basic techniques that are the foundation of every presentation. You must open the presentation and establish rapport with the audience. Next, you have to give them a reason to listen to you. One of the easiest ways to do this is to tell a business related story about the industry, company, service, philosophy or product that is involved. Another way is to offer an interesting statistic to get their attention. Then, tell the audience what information you will provide during the presentation. Outline and emphasize those points with examples, anecdotes and statistics, as appropriate. Summarize your points and take questions as appropriate.Practice this technique until it becomes second nature.

4. Have Fun
Have you ever seen an uptight speaker? It’s not pretty. For me, it goes to credibility. What is bothering the speaker? Relax and enjoy yourself. As you make eye contact with the audience, you will invariably find someone paying rapt attention and you can make that work to your advantage. You want to avoid being overly aggressive, intense, serious, boring or annoyed because this feeling will spread through the audience, prospects or clients. Loosen up! Don’t take yourself so seriously. A constant practice regimen will free you up to have fun. If you are having fun doing your work, it will be good for you and even better for your customer.

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James E. McClain is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, the book upon which some of our training programs are based. He has over 30 years' experience as a corporate HR executive, small business owner with ongoing experience in career development and as a college instructor. His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters degrees Education and Certification in Financial Planning. Our promise is that "you can pay more for training but you can not buy better training." The mission is to deliver the most effective and cost effective training and development programs.

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