I typically experience a lot of anxiety before giving a presentation. To help with this, I have researched some tips on professional presentation making. I actually have a presentation this Thursday, so hopefully these tips will help!
-Plan ahead as much as possible. When considering what to wear, pick something that makes you feel more confident. Always make sure it’s appropriate.
-Practice as much as you can until you feel comfortable. This is the only way to make sure things go smoothly. Even if you already know everything there is to know about your topic, make sure you have outlined points, so you are clear and do not stumble when making points. Practicing also extends to hand gestures. Don’t overuse them, but do when appropriate to emphasize points. Keeping you hand straight to your side or in your pockets can be boring.
-Getting nervous is okay. Everyone does. Just remember that everyone wants you too succeed, and will all understand if a mishap does happen. Just shake it off; you are human.
-Even if you do not feel confident, do not let it show. Consciously put your head up, make eye contact, take deep breaths, and relax your shoulders. Remember that you are the one with the information to share.
-Clearly communicate information. This includes visually. Use layouts that can be easily read and understood.
-Don’t shy away from questions. Make sure to end the presentation by answering all questions the audience has. If you don’t have the answer, don’t freak out. Don’t try to make something up, either. Be truthful and admit that you don’t have the information to answer it. Get the person’s contact information and promise to contact them when you find out.
-After a presentation, ask a colleague in the audience for tips on ways to improve. Even the best presenters have room for improvement.
For more tips, visit:
and my favorite: Creating Better Presentations