Things to Remember to Become a Master of Presentations
In creating an effective presentation, there is actually no secret, you just need to establish a clear objective, plan and organize your materials and use the appropriate visual aids. It is important to know and identify your objectives in order to attain success in your presentation because these will drive the smooth flow of your presentation and move your audience to your target end goals. Your end goals may either result to your attendees taking a particular action, adopting a new perspective or responding to the facts and information. For you to establish and meet these goals, careful planning is required and proper identification of your objectives because these are the foundation of the content, organization and visual aids of your presentation.
It is also crucial to take into consideration the expectations and needs of your audience part of setting your objectives and analyzing your own goals. You are able to choose the appropriate points of emphasis in your presentation, develop an effective and useful level of detail, select and prepare appropriate visual aids, and create a tone that is sensitive to the circumstance of your audience, through understanding of the expectations and needs of your audience. Your next step must involve careful planning and organizing of materials to help you in tailoring your approach, and selecting the appropriate visual aids allow you to build effective one-way or two-way communication to your audience. When it comes to planning your material, do not wait to prepare your presentation, take note ideas that come to your mind right away, having an outline is helpful, as well as analyzing your audience and choosing appropriate presentation style and visual aids.
It is important to prepare effective displays or visual presentation by making it simple and avoid using fancy design, characters or logos that can shift the attention of your audience from the important things you need to let them know. It is important to have a readable material so everyone in the room can clearly read you material, and never use a photocopy of a standard printed page as a display. It is also important to keep the number of words in a minimum level and keep the content up tp a maximum of eight lines per slide share. It is better to sacrifice content for legibility because having good contents that are not readable is just useless. When it comes to your text, avoid using curves or italic fonts, but instead use readable fonts such as Arial and Sans Serif which are easier to read than Times Roman or Monotype Corsiva. Do not fill up the slide share, use equations sparingly and use light letters such as white or yellow on a dark background like dark blue or navy green.
Print your handouts on a wide format printer so you can use bigger sheets of paper and you can use them as a backdrop as well. You can use digital materials such as Powerpoint presentations for a more advanced and state of the art presentation.