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11 Jul 11 Tips for Effective Corporate Presentation

A good corporate presentation before the board members or a panel of good judges is what we all love to watch, experience and give. But how many of us know what it takes to deliver a perfect corporate presentation before the audience. Here is a list of factors that make a good presentation.

Eye contact with the audience

What’s most important in a formal presentation is making eye contact with the audience. Look into the eyes of your audience, sitting in front of you. Don’t make eye contact with a specific person, but with your entire audience. Otherwise you are not engaging your audience, you are just giving presentation and talking to your own self. If your eyes are wandering here and there, or gazing at the PowerPoint slides or looking down you are actually responsible for the lack of attention of your audience. They may get bored and look for some other subjects of interest. Make enough of eye contact, but don’t keep staring at someone for long it may look flirtatious or intruding into privacy.

Let your personality speak

Your personality has an aura, let it radiate when you are presenting. Be yourself, let your true self impress all. Don’t think much about the audience in front of you, just shoot your best. Whether the audience is corporate members or critics, show your character, charm, right voice pitch, pronunciation, command over the subject, confidence and knowledge. Don’t present like a robot, add spice to the presentation. You may make some movements, but it should be natural.

Too much of text

Too much of text can be fatal for your presentation. Always remember people are not interested in reading long paragraphs, they are interested in listening to you instead. So keep your text input bare minimum, don’t let it destroy nice visuals or the layout. You may use text in form of short sentences, bullets, flowcharts, and as headers.

Don’t preach, interact

No one likes to be preached, taught, so talk to your audience, interact with them in the language they know. Keep the presentation formal yet conversational. It will also keep them interested and attentive. You may ask questions, ask for suggestions and tips, let them ask questions.

Keep it light and amusing

Despite the fact that it’s a formal presentation keep it simple, light hearted and interesting. It’s always good when people laugh with you. It will not only keep the audience engaged and alert, but they will look forward to hear more from you; because they may learn from you and not get educated and taught.

Keep these simple things in mind and your presentation may take you to places.

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