Presenting – Presentation Skills Advice

Whether you are a university student giving a presentation on a project, a middle manager giving a talk on this months figures or a psychology expert giving a seminar on dyslexia in children presentation skills are vital in order to succeed. The ability to speak to a room or hall full of people can be a daunting one. Whether you know the people or even if they are complete strangers standing up by yourself and commanding an audience’s attention is tricky no matter whom you are. This can be even more difficult for people with learning difficulties like dyspraxia and dyslexia.

There are various methods to get through presentations from imagining your audience naked to imagining you are talking to a friend. Different techniques will work for different people so it is all about finding what works best for you. However there are a few things that everyone can do to get by when speaking in public whether you’re dyslexic or not.

As with most things in life preparation is the key to success. If you walk into a room with out any real understanding of what you are going to talk about how can you expect to do well? If you know your subject inside out then you should be able to breeze through it and handle any questions asked by the audience with confidence.

Technique is the other skill that you should work on and this is something that everyone needs to take into account. One of the most common problems when people give presentations is that they tend to read their notes rather than use them as a guide. This is terrible for the audience as it results in the speaker talking into their chest rather than making eye contact with the audience and making them feel involved and interested. The best way to overcome this is to use reminders in your slide show or presentation utilities.

If you are having problems looking at your audience the best thing to do is to look directly at the back of the hall over the heads of the audience. The audience will think you are looking directly at them and will feel engaged while you won’t have to focus directly on one or two people. Practise is the other thing that will help you overcome fears of giving a presentation and will help you to build your confidence.

If you are still having problems after all of this then you can always hire someone to give you presentation skills training or attend an evening class at a local college or university. These people will have a wide range of techniques, learning methods and facilities that will allow you to practise and perfect your skills till you are confident enough to do it yourself.

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