How to Be a Better Presenter in Life and Business

Being a good presenter in life and in business means getting the answer right every time. Getting the answer right in this sense would encompass any action in which you perform in the most pleasing way. Therefore getting the answer right to any questions the listener has before they get a chance to voice them into reality. When good presenters finish with their presentations, they’ve itched all of the listeners’ hypothetical itches. They’ve thought ahead, and thought out the pathways of thought that the listeners will experience while listening to their presentations.

Your presentation is not merely what most people believe a presentation to be. We typically envision it to be a one-sided affair, where we need to deliver the content that we feel is important. However, a good presentation delivers the content that the listener deems to be important. Knowing your audience, and knowing them well, is the first step in the process to giving out a good presentation. You need to know what your audience intrinsically cares about and what questions they want answered in your presentation.

The Trains of Thought

When you have thought about that, you then need to visualize all the pathways – or trains – of thought that the listener will experience when listening to your presentation. The audience’s train of thought can even be swayed based on the specific words that you choose to say. Lead your audience to a train of thought that enables you to give a good presentation. Minimize their questions and concerns by answering to them before they get a chance to intervene.

Visualizing a listeners thought process during your presentation is not a hard task to complete. After every point you make in practicing what you are presenting, ask yourself where the listeners mind can potentially be at that point of your presentation. Try to figure out what they are thinking about and where their mind goes after you deliver a certain point or idea. To do this, simply focus on where your mind goes when you say it. Each point, or idea, that you deliver must then acknowledge where the listener’s thought process has taken them and build upon it.

Become Good At Listening

Make sure your message is heard loud and clear by emphasizing things that you want to stick in the audiences minds, while using uncomplicated lingo.To be a good presenter you must first become a master listener. Becoming good at listening to presentations will enable you to know what good presentations are, and what happy listeners feel. Analyze how you feel when you watch a good presentation or talk being given, and analyze what you despise about bad presentations. Knowing what to stay away from can get the job done of making your presentation of ideas good.

A good presentation guides listeners on a journey, it has a story behind it, and assumes interest from the listener on the topic. A good presentation is also given to the right audience. The audience must be interested in the topic which you are presenting, and forcing ideas upon an uninviting mind never prevails. Choose your audience wisely, and select the topic that will bring you most success on the given day or night. Analyze your presentation from a listeners perspective and make sure to predict where the listeners mind is, at any given point in your presentation.

Book Recommendation:

HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations (Harvard Business Review Guides)

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