All the best oral or written presentations whether they are in conferences, businesses, class or even TED talks share various things in common.
These things can be used to improve your own presentations. If you have or have to make presentations for your work, and find them a struggle, you’ve come to the right place.
In the following post, we have gathered our favorite techniques and tips for creating killer productions from some of the most famous experts and professionals in the industry.
Length of Slides or Scenes
One thing that all presentation experts agree on is that if you have too much text in a presentation, it will kill it dead. Seth Godin, who published an incredibly popular post on the subjected, suggest as his first rule that you should never have any more than six words on each slide. This is known as the ‘Glance Test‘.
He did not believe that there is any presentation that has such a complicated theme or content that requires that justifies breaking that rule. His rule for successful presentations is to make sure the text on each slide is like a chapter title for what he is going to speak about.
This helps to emphasize how important the oral side of presentations actually is. He also noted the importance of building rapport with your audience, making lots of eye contact and smiling at them.
Length of Presentation
When it comes to the length of presentations, Guy Kawasaki, a public speaking legend, suggests the 10/20/30 rule. It is his belief that the key to a good presentation is not having then just 10 slides, that the presentation should not last longer than 20 minutes and the font size used should not be smaller than 30 point.
This rule ensures that you concentrate on the main message you are trying to get across and only discuss things that are essential to making the point of the presentation clear to your audience.
Believe in What You Say – Be Genuine
The high-energy delivery with which Tony Robbins delivers his presentations is what has made him one of the most renowned public motivation speakers throughout the world.
He believes that the most important aspect of his presentation style is that he genuinely believes 100% in what he is saying.
That is what you should do with your own presentations – speak from the heart and tell them something real, because any information that is delivered without emotion will not be retained.
Make Use of a Remote
As noted earlier and by many experts, it is crucially important to smile, make eye contact with your audience and avoid turning your back to them or looking down at a computer or tablet too much.
Garr Reynolds, a highly regarded public speaker had some great advice on the subject – make use of a presentation remote or clicker to advance the presentation and pause it when necessary, to keep things spontaneous, while controlling the general flow and direction of it.
Make Use of Fonts and Graphics
With so many free and great resources available on the net, the only excuse there is for using ugly fonts or graphics is not knowing how or where to find them.
Some excellent options for free fonts include Dafont or Fontsquirrel, while some great resources of free pictures includes Pexels, Unsplash and Pixabay. You now have no excuses whatsoever not to use high quality, free fonts and graphics in your next presentations.
Concentrate on Value
Before he evens starts a presentation Tony Robbins believes it’s vital to get to know his audience and find out as much about them as he can. Once you know what they fear, need and want, the easier you will find it to add value. As he had stated in the publication Business Insider.
When you offer solutions to problems people are suffering from, you are providing them with real value they can take away.
Anything else you say will be just irrelevant and self-indulgent.
Don’t be Scared to Get Things Wrong
Steve Jobs was one for practicing exhaustively and meticulously before he gave any of his world-famous presentations. He even made sure he had anecdotes he could use if his technology failed.
He said once that when you get things wrong, you just need to admit them and improve. This provides a simple message – mistakes are inevitable, but they don’t need to ruin everything.
We hope you find the above tips helpful for creating amazing presentations that your audience will never forget.